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My Finger Isn’t Working Right
Author: John Sullivan, MD
Peer-Reviewer: Brandon Godfrey, MD
Final Editor: Alex Tomesch, MD, CAQ-SM

A 27 year old male presents with a laceration to his right hand. He works as a carpenter and was using a circular saw when he cut his hand. Bleeding is controlled, however he is having trouble moving his index finger. An ultrasound of his palm is shown below.

Image 1. Case courtesy of Maulik Patel,, rID: 76841



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