Nail relocation by nail flap in digital injuries

B V Krishna, A D Pelly
British Journal of Plastic Surgery 1982, 35 (1): 53-7
In circumstances where the nail complex is intact and undamaged it may be wiser to relocate the nail as a flap based on its vascular supply rather than resort to pulp replacement procedures such as a cross-finger flap or similar techniques which leave a hyposensitive pulp and a "parrot-beak" deformity of the nail. In "acute" finger injuries this procedure is decidedly preferable to amputation through the head of the middle phalanx.

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