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Closed disruption of a single flexor digitorum superficialis tendon slip: 3 cases


Schweizer, A; Bayer, T (2019). Closed disruption of a single flexor digitorum superficialis tendon slip: 3 cases. Hand Surgery and Rehabilitation, 38(2):121-124.

Abstract

Two men and one woman (age 31, 36 and 45 years) felt a painful pop in the left middle, right middle and right index finger during sport-related activities (2 sport climbing and 1 judo). Clinical examination found a painful flexor tendon in zone 2 but no function deficit specific to the flexor digitorum superficialis (FDS) tendon. MRI and ultrasonography revealed a complete disruption of the radial FDS tendon slip only, which was found retracted between the A2 and A3 pulleys. All flexor tendon pulleys remained intact. Conservative and functional treatment resulted in unrestricted normal function and return to sport. Disruption of one FDS tendon slip is a differential diagnosis for a popping incident in the finger, which is typically associated with a closed flexor tendon pulley injury.

Abstract

Two men and one woman (age 31, 36 and 45 years) felt a painful pop in the left middle, right middle and right index finger during sport-related activities (2 sport climbing and 1 judo). Clinical examination found a painful flexor tendon in zone 2 but no function deficit specific to the flexor digitorum superficialis (FDS) tendon. MRI and ultrasonography revealed a complete disruption of the radial FDS tendon slip only, which was found retracted between the A2 and A3 pulleys. All flexor tendon pulleys remained intact. Conservative and functional treatment resulted in unrestricted normal function and return to sport. Disruption of one FDS tendon slip is a differential diagnosis for a popping incident in the finger, which is typically associated with a closed flexor tendon pulley injury.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:04 Faculty of Medicine > Balgrist University Hospital, Swiss Spinal Cord Injury Center
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medicine & health
Scopus Subject Areas:Health Sciences > Surgery
Health Sciences > Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
Health Sciences > Rehabilitation
Language:English
Date:April 2019
Deposited On:12 Feb 2020 11:35
Last Modified:29 Jul 2020 10:32
Publisher:Elsevier
ISSN:2468-1229
OA Status:Closed
Publisher DOI:https://doi.org/10.1016/j.hansur.2019.01.003
PubMed ID:30708121

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