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Hamate Hook Nonunion Treated With a Hook Plate: Case Report and Surgical Technique

Taleb, Chihab MD*,†; Murachowsky, Joel MD; Ruggiero, Gustavo M. MD*

Techniques in Hand & Upper Extremity Surgery: December 2012 - Volume 16 - Issue 4 - p 194–197
doi: 10.1097/BTH.0b013e31826577f8

Despite of its rarity, hamate hook nonunion can cause several complications like tendon rupture or loss of grip strength. Admitted treatments in the literature are excision of the bone fragment or its open reduction and internal fixation. We report a clinical case of a high-level baseball player with hamate hook nonunion treated with an original technique of fixation using a hook plate.

*Hand Surgery Department, Beneficência Portuguesa de Sao Paulo Hospital, Sao Paulo, Brazil

Hand Surgery Department, University Hospital of Strasbourg, Illkirch, France

Shoulder and Elbow Group, Orthopedic Department, ABC Medical School, Santo Andre, Brazil

Conflicts of Interest and Source of Funding: The authors report no conflicts of interest and no source of funding.

Address correspondence and reprint requests to Chihab Taleb, MD, SOS main, CCOM, Hôpitaux Universitaires de Strasbourg, 10 Av. Baumann, F-67403 Illkirch cedex, France. E-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.