Sesamoid fractures of the hand are uncommon occurrences that can lead to prolonged pain and swelling if delayed in diagnosis. This is particularly problematic in competitive athletes. We describe an ulnar sesamoid fracture of the thumb due to a blunt traumatic injury in a Division I collegiate basketball player. The 22-year-old woman injured her left thumb when kicked during a game. The patient was treated nonoperatively with promising outcomes. Sesamoid fractures of the hand can be difficult to diagnose, and any delay can lengthen the amount of time before the athlete returns to play. Radiographic findings may help healthcare providers accurately diagnose sesamoid fractures in this patient population, resulting in timely return to activity.
Hyden, Andrew M.; Christopher A. McGrew; and Deana Mercer. "Fracture of the Ulnar Sesamoid Bone in the Thumb of a Collegiate Basketball Player: A Case Report." UNM Orthopaedic Research Journal 8, 1 (2019). https://digitalrepository.unm.edu/unm_jor/vol8/iss1/13