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November 26, 1938


JAMA. 1938;111(22):2007-2008. doi:10.1001/jama.1938.72790480005009b

There has been a good deal of literature devoted to injuries to the hand and their economic significance in industry. Discussions of infections, injuries to tendons and nerves and fractures form the bulk of the articles, but reports of injuries to blood vessels appear from time to time. There have been

several cases of aneurysm1 reported and one case of thrombosis of the ulnar artery2 following a blow.

No case of traumatic thrombosis of the deep veins of the palm of the hand could be found in the literature, so we felt it worth while to report such a case. The thrombosis was the result of a sudden severe jar at the base of the hand. A definite, firm, tender, oblong mass could be palpated at the base of the hypothenar eminence (fig. 1). It was thought to be a ganglion or chronic tenosynovitis, but exploration revealed a

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