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      Ultrasound has been used previously in fracture identification, analgesia delivery, and fracture reduction for patients in the emergency department. It has not been previously described as a tool for the guidance of closed fracture reduction in fifth metacarpal neck fractures (“boxer's fractures").

      Case Report

      A 28-year-old man presented with hand pain and swelling after punching a wall. Point-of-care ultrasound revealed a significantly angulated fifth metacarpal fracture, which was confirmed with a subsequent hand x-ray study. After an ultrasound-guided ulnar nerve block, closed reduction was performed. Ultrasound was used to assess reduction and ensure improvement in bony angulation during the closed reduction attempts. Post-reduction x-ray study confirmed improved angulation and adequate alignment. Why Should an Emergency Physician Be Aware of This? Point-of-care ultrasound has previously had efficacy in fracture diagnosis and anesthesia delivery for fifth metacarpal fractures. Ultrasound can also be used at the bedside to assist in the determination of adequate fracture reduction when performing closed reduction of a boxer's fracture.


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