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Hairline fracture in fingers previously. Suddenly having pain, raised dark portion below finger. See the doctor?

hi, i had a hair line fracture in my right middle and ring finger in 2004. I was advised by doc to put a medical tape around the two fingers and help it heal. it did heal but i had on and of pain in my fingers esp bending and doing kitchen work for approx 5-6 mths which i attributed to healing . All of the sudden after so many years the ring finger is causing me pain and discomfort and i have noticed under the nail a slight dark raised portion...does that mean i am having problems again i need to refer it to doc or shud wait to see once cold weather is gone? thanks
Asked On : Tue, 12 Mar 2013
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Orthopaedic Surgeon, Joint Replacement 's  Response
Jul 2013
Hi, thanks for writing to HCM.

Your symptoms of pain,discomfort and dark raised portion under the nail suggests 2 possibilities

* SUBUNGUAL HEMATOMA - usually occurs after a crush type of finger nail injury. Excruciating throbbing pain is the main symptom. Needs drainage of the clot either by cautery or paper clip method.

* SUBUNGUAL GLOMUS TUMOUR - affects 30-50 years age groups.Aching pain with tenderness over a point, Pain will more at nights and on exposure to cool temparatures. surgical excision is the treatment

Consult a dermatologist for further workup and management.

Hope this information is helpful.
Answered: Sat, 20 Jul 2013
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