Point-of-care ultrasound to identify distal ulnar artery thrombosis: Case of hypothenar hammer syndrome

Jonathan Ken, Darshan Khangura, Sean Stickles

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Abstract

Hypothenar hammer syndrome (HHS) is a rare condition of distal ulnar artery injury and thrombosis secondary to repetitive blunt trauma to the hypothenar area. We present a case of HHS for which point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) was used as the initial means of imaging, prompting management and disposition without further imaging studies ordered in the emergency department (ED). This case demonstrates the utility of POCUS to aid the Emergency Physician in the diagnosis and management of patients with extremity vascular issues in the ED, and details a rarely seen clinical entity in the ED.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)565-567
Number of pages3
JournalWestern Journal of Emergency Medicine
Volume16
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - 2015

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