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A 36-year-old carpenter is working on a new home and is temporarily distracted. He misses a nail with his hammer and hits his distal phalanx, which was hanging over the end of a board. He presents to you after the event.
Your examination reveals erythema and swelling of the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint. You obtain an x-ray (see Figure).
Which of the following statements is correct?
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