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Simple Nailbed Lacerations – Are Functional and Cosmetic Outcomes of Surgical Repair Equivalent to Observation Alone

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Trial Status

Open for Enrollment
Phase 1

Why is this study being done?

The purpose of this study is to determine if conservative management is as effective as surgical repair of nailbed injuries. Participants will receive either suture repair or conservative care.

Who is eligible to participate?

People who are 6 years of age or older who present to a local emergency room with simple linear laceration/crush injury to the nail bed.

What is involved?

Participants will be randomized and treated with either suture (stitches) or dressing changes during their emergency room visit. Participants will also receive physical exams and be asked to fill out questionnaires about their hand/finger function.

How long is the study?

The study lasts for one year after the initial emergency room visit. After treatment, participants need to schedule a clinic appointment for wound check and dressing removal. Cosmetic appearance will be assessed at 6-month and 12-month appointments.

Who can I contact for additional information?

Please contact Jennifer Koechle, MPH, at (217) 545-7014 or email .

Who is the Principal Investigator of this study?

Michael W. Neumeister, MD

Where is the trial located?

Springfield, Illinois