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Long-term function after pseudo-pollicization of the little finger


Medina, J A; Elliot, D; Giesen, T; Foucher, G (2014). Long-term function after pseudo-pollicization of the little finger. Journal of Hand Surgery, European Volume, 39(5):520-525.

Abstract

This article presents a technique for facilitating use of pinch between the ring and little fingers for use in rare cases of congenital absence, or severe hypoplasia, of the thumb in which pollicization of the index finger is impossible, or not advised because the child is already pinching by scissor action between the ring and little fingers. The technique avoids drawing attention to the hand, as is the case after true pollicization of the little finger. The technique was used in five hands in five children. Three of the patients could only be followed for under 2 years. Two patients were available for longer follow-up of 6 years and 2 months and 3 years after surgery. The surgery was shown to facilitate opening of the web and pinch between the little and ring finger tips, and continues to be of functional value to the children as they grow.

Abstract

This article presents a technique for facilitating use of pinch between the ring and little fingers for use in rare cases of congenital absence, or severe hypoplasia, of the thumb in which pollicization of the index finger is impossible, or not advised because the child is already pinching by scissor action between the ring and little fingers. The technique avoids drawing attention to the hand, as is the case after true pollicization of the little finger. The technique was used in five hands in five children. Three of the patients could only be followed for under 2 years. Two patients were available for longer follow-up of 6 years and 2 months and 3 years after surgery. The surgery was shown to facilitate opening of the web and pinch between the little and ring finger tips, and continues to be of functional value to the children as they grow.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > University Hospital Zurich > Clinic for Reconstructive Surgery
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Language:English
Date:2014
Deposited On:04 Mar 2015 15:56
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 18:54
Publisher:Sage Publications Ltd.
ISSN:0266-7681
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1177/1753193413498191
PubMed ID:23877728

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