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Splints are used to immobilise the body parts following injury and surgeries which help in faster healing. Here, we report the innovative use of a plastic syringe as a post-operative splint to straighten contracted middle and ring fingers. The present case is a 69-year-old female who presented to the outpatient department with a history of an ulcer over the dorsal aspect of right hand since 1 year. She gave history of a burn injury at 10 years of age. On examination, there was an ulcer of 4 cm × 3 cm size on the dorsal aspect of right hand and contracture of the middle and ring fingers at proximal and interphalangeal joint [Figure 1]. Incisional biopsy from the ulcer was reported as squamous cell carcinoma. After wide excision of the ulcer over dorsum of hand, the area was covered with split skin graft. Contractures on the ventral aspect of the fingers were released with multiple Z-plasty incision. After straightening the fingers, skin graft was also placed on the defect. We used a sterile 10 ml plastic syringe as a splint, which was cut open longitudinally and splinted on the dorsum to straighten right middle and ring fingers [Figure 2]. Sterile pad dressing was done over the splint and grafted area. This helped the fingers remain straight. It also immobilised the operated site including grafted area of ventral aspect of the fingers. We have used the easily available plastic syringes instead of aluminium or other newer splints.[1,2] The patient was discharged on the 5th postoperative day with the splint in place. The splint was removed on the 14th postoperative day which showed complete healing of the grafted site and straightening of the fingers. Final histopathology was reported as well differentiated squamous cell carcinoma with free resected margin. Further, patient was advised for physiotherapy and regular follow-up.
We report the use of plastic syringe as a splint for stabilising the fingers which is an easily available and cost effective material.
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