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International Journal of Emergency Medicine

, 6:31

First Online: 12 August 2013Received: 22 April 2013Accepted: 08 July 2013


Skier’s thumb is a partial or complete rupture of the ulnar collateral ligament of the metacarpophalangeal joint of the thumb. It is an often-encountered injury and can lead to chronic pain and instability when diagnosed incorrectly. Knowledge of the anatomy and accurate physical examination are essential in the evaluation of a patient with skier’s thumb. This article provides a review of the relevant anatomy, the correct method of physical examination and the options for additional imaging and treatment with attention to possible pitfalls.

KeywordsSkier’s thumb UCL Hand injury Ligament rupture Sports injury AbbreviationsUCLUlnar collateral ligament

PCLProper collateral ligament

ACLAccessory collateral ligament


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Author: Mandhkani Mahajan - Steven J Rhemrev


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