Challenge of the Week / Hand & Wrist / 10.22.2021

A 20-year-old female patient sustains a dorsal injury to her long finger that results in a complete loss of her nail bed. The patient is involved in the performing arts and states she needs to have a new nail grow. Which of the following is the best option to provide her with new nail plate growth?

    • Split-thickness skin graft
    • A split-thickness skin graft is a coverage option for fingertip injuries, but will not provide new nail plate growth.

 

    • Full-thickness skin graft
    • A full-thickness skin graft is a coverage option for fingertip injuries, but will not provide new nail plate growth

 

    • Free vascularized toe nail bed transfer
    • A free vascularized toe nail bed transfer will transfer a germinal matrix and a sterile matrix from the toe to allow for growth of a new nail plate.

 

    • Moberg flap
    • A Moberg flap is a coverage option for volar oblique thumb tip injuries, but will not provide new nail plate growth.

     

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