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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: Broken finger turns white


 ohiobadmoon - Sun Jul 04, 2010 4:23 pm

My husband was injured at work, broke the tip of his middle finger, and he has already been told he needs to have surgery and he will be having it in three weeks. They will be putting a pin in through his nail to hold it in place. But as of yesterday his finger started turning white. What does that mean? They said there is a possibility of the finger dying, is that what is happening?
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Mon Jul 12, 2010 2:13 pm

User avatar Hello,
A white finger can mean that the skin is macerated from too much moisture (.e.g bandage on too long) or it could mean poor blood supply to the digit...typically the digit will turn dark or black with necrosis with significant or prolonged loss of blood supply.

By all means check in with your physician to evaluate the pulse to the hand and status of the finger. A surgically fixed bone without blood supply will not heal.

Take care.

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