The TASERed finger: A new entity. Case report and review of literature

Chir Main. 2015 Jun;34(3):145-8. doi: 10.1016/j.main.2015.04.001. Epub 2015 May 6.


The TASER(®) is a self-defense weapon whose use has now become commonplace among law enforcement agencies. Electronic control weapons were first used in the USA in the 1990s and then adopted in Europe and France. We report a case of an 18-year-old male who presented a penetrating lesion of the middle phalanx of the left index finger. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first complex finger injury due to the TASER(®). It highlights the potential major risks to finger vitality and function with use of this electrical weapon.

Keywords: Bone; Doigt; Finger; Fracture; Injury; Lésion; Os; TASER(®).

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Conducted Energy Weapon Injuries / complications*
  • Conducted Energy Weapon Injuries / surgery
  • Finger Injuries / etiology*
  • Finger Injuries / surgery
  • Foreign Bodies / diagnostic imaging
  • Foreign Bodies / etiology
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Radiography
  • Tendon Injuries / etiology
  • Tendon Injuries / surgery
  • Therapeutic Irrigation
  • Wounds, Penetrating / etiology*
  • Wounds, Penetrating / surgery