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boutonnière deformity

 

Definition: flexion of the proximal interphalangeal joint with hyperextension of the distal interphalangeal joint of the finger, caused by separation of the extensor hood and protrusion of the head of the proximal phalanx through the resulting “buttonhole”; can result from degeneration (rheumatoid arthritis) or trauma.

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