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Broken Finger (cont.)

When to Seek Medical Care

The doctor will need an X-ray to evaluate the position of the broken finger bones. An urgent care facility or a hospital's emergency department usually have the needed supplies for X-ray evaluation and splinting.

Rarely, a surgical procedure is needed to stabilize the fracture. Complications of this may include infection. Signs of infection are fever, increasing redness, swelling, severe pain of the finger, or even discharge of pus and a foul smell from the surgery site. If these symptoms occur, go to the emergency department or your surgeon immediately to be evaluated.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 7/25/2012

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