What is the most common complication of a volar plate injury or dorsal dislocation?

Updated: Jan 18, 2018
  • Author: Jay E Bowen, DO; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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The most common complication of a volar plate injury or dorsal dislocation is the development of pseudo-boutonniere deformity, which is a persistent PIP joint flexion contracture. Another common problem is detachment of the volar plate, resulting in hyperextension laxity at the PIP joint and a swan-neck deformity. Associated with the swan-neck deformity is the painful snapping of the lateral bands with attempted flexion. Both of these complications can be prevented with appropriate treatment.

DIP joint dislocations: Dislocations of the DIP joint are uncommon. Such injuries are usually the result of a hyperextension force, and they are frequently open because the skin in this area is both thin and well anchored.


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