Tendon ruptures: mallet, flexor digitorum profundus

Hand Clin. 2012 Aug;28(3):425-30, xi. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2012.05.040. Epub 2012 Jul 3.


Mallet injuries are the most common closed tendon injury in the athlete. Flexor digitorum profundus ruptures are rare in baseball, but are common injuries in contact sports. The diagnosis for each condition is based on clinical examination, although radiographs should be evaluated for a possible bony component. Treatment for mallet injury depends on the athlete's goals of competition and understanding of the consequences of any treatment chosen. Gripping, throwing, and catching would be restricted or impossible with the injured finger immobilized. Treatment of FDP ruptures is almost always surgical and requires reattachment of the torn tendon to the distal phalanx.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Athletic Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Athletic Injuries / therapy*
  • Finger Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Finger Injuries / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Internal Fixators
  • Recovery of Function
  • Rupture
  • Splints
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnosis*
  • Tendon Injuries / therapy*