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Quantitative abductor pollicis brevis strength testing: reliability and normative values.
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PMID:  10913219     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We conducted this study to establish reliability and normative values for abductor pollicis brevis strength. A portable microprocessor-controlled hand-held device was used for testing. Twelve healthy subjects were used for intrarater and interrater reliability testing. Intraclass correlation coefficients were 0.92 for intrarater testing and 0.89 for interrater reliability. Normative values for abductor pollicis brevis strength are presented by gender and age from the test results of 297 volunteers (121 men and 176 women; age range, 20-59 years) with at least 30 subjects in each subgroup. Abductor pollicis brevis strength was significantly greater in the men than in the women in all age groups. No significant differences were found related to age, side, or dominance. The results suggest that quantitative muscle testing produces consistent values for abductor pollicis brevis strength that remain fairly constant in patients aged 20 to 59 years.
F Liu; L Carlson; H K Watson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of hand surgery     Volume:  25     ISSN:  0363-5023     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hand Surg Am     Publication Date:  2000 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2000-10-16     Completed Date:  2000-10-16     Revised Date:  2009-06-08    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7609631     Medline TA:  J Hand Surg Am     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  752-9     Citation Subset:  IM; S    
Connecticut Combined Hand Service: Hartford Hospital, University of Connecticut, Connection Children's Medical Center, Hartford, CT, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Age Factors
Hand Strength / physiology*
Middle Aged
Observer Variation
Reference Values
Reproducibility of Results
Thumb / physiology*
Comment In:
J Hand Surg Am. 2001 Mar;26(2):362   [PMID:  11279585 ]

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