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Is it a bruise on my hand?

I got punched a wall about 36 hours ago. I went to the about 12 hours ago, and they said they saw no fracture and it was likely a contusion. My hand is more swollen now than it was, and my fingers are turning black, could there be a fracture that wasn t seen or is it just a bruise?
Mon, 25 Feb 2019
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Hello,

Usually when walls are punched the 5th metacarpal breaks ( the bone in your hand right before your pinky, also called a boxer's fracture).

If you have this you will find that it really painful if you squeeze your hand right under your pinky knuckle.

It's possible they could have missed this on X-ray. If it doesn't get better within the next week I would have them take repeat X-rays, because sometimes repeat X-rays can show the fracture once it matures more.

Hope I have answered your query. Let me know if I can assist you further.

Take care

Regards,
Dr Daniel Richard Paull, Orthopaedic Surgeon
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