Metacarpal, Short


Metacarpal, Short

Subjective: Diminished length of one or more metacarpal bones in relation to the others of the same hand or to the contralateral metacarpal


Short metacarpals can involve any of the metacarpal bones, and the affected ray should be specified. The assessment of isolated short metacarpal can be made by viewing the dorsum of the hand when clenched. Note that if metacarpals F2-5 are affected, the correct term is Short palm. The affected digits should be specified.

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