Vascular Injuries of the Hand and Wrist

Elizabeth A. Helsper, Charles A. Goldfarb

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Vascular injury of the hand and wrist may occur in baseball players secondary to repetitive trauma. Injury, although rare, is known to occur most commonly in baseball catchers, but pitchers, infielders, and batters are also subject to vascular disorders. Injury to the distal ulnar artery, known as hypothenar hammer syndrome, is the most common vascular injury in baseball and may lead to vascular insufficiency of the hand. In this chapter, we outline the vascular anatomy of the hand and wrist and discuss the diagnosis and treatment of hand and wrist vascular injuries sustained in baseball players, with emphasis on hypothenar hammer syndrome.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHand and Wrist Injuries in Baseball
Subtitle of host publicationA Clinical Guide
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9783030816599
ISBN (Print)9783030816582
StatePublished - Jan 1 2021


  • Baseball
  • Digital artery
  • Hypothenar hammer syndrome
  • Ulnar artery
  • Vascular injury


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