Fourth metacarpal bone

The fourth metacarpal bone (metacarpal bone of the ring finger) is shorter and smaller than the third.

The base is small and quadrilateral; its superior surface presents two facets, a large one medially for articulation with the hamate, and a small one laterally for the capitate.

On the radial side are two oval facets, for articulation with the third metacarpal; and on the ulnar side a single concave facet, for the fifth metacarpal.

A shortened fourth metacarspal bone can be a symptom of Kallmann syndrome, a genetic condition which results in the failure to commence or the non-completion of puberty running hydration. A short fourth metacarpal bone can also be found in Turner syndrome, a disorder involving sex chromosomes.

A fracture of the fourth and/or fifth metacarpal bones transverse neck secondary due to axial loading is known as a boxer’s fracture water bottle storage.

The ossification process begins in the shaft during prenatal life, and in the head between 11th and 37th months historical football shirts.

Fourth metacarpal bone of the left hand (shown in red). Animation.

Fourth metacarpal bone of the left hand. Close up.

Palmar view of the left hand (fourth metacarpal shown in yellow) what does meat tenderizer do.

Dorsal view of the left hand (fourth metacarpal shown in yellow).

A fractured right hand fourth metacarpal (boxer’s fracture).

This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray’s Anatomy (1918)

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