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Thumb strength in all types of triphalangeal thumb.
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PMID:  22357325     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
Strength is regarded as normal in patients with an opposable triphalangeal thumb. Our clinical impression is, however, that intrinsic musculature is probably affected in all forms of triphalangeal thumb. Therefore, we established the strength of 38 thumbs in patients with a triphalangeal thumb. Patients were excluded if the intrinsic musculature was enhanced or if osteotomies of the first metacarpal were performed. On average, strength of all thumb functions was significantly diminished, up to 63% for opposition strength. Strength of the power grip was on average 70%. As shown in this study, strength of the musculature of the thumb is affected in all types of triphalangeal thumb. Although strength of the thumb is diminished, in the investigated group it is apparently sufficient in daily life, as these individuals did not seek surgical enhancement. However, reconstructive procedures that enhance intrinsic musculature must be considered in all types of triphalangeal thumb.
J M Zuidam; R W Selles; S E R Hovius
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2012-2-22
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of hand surgery, European volume     Volume:  -     ISSN:  2043-6289     ISO Abbreviation:  J Hand Surg Eur Vol     Publication Date:  2012 Feb 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2012-2-23     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101315820     Medline TA:  J Hand Surg Eur Vol     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Erasmus Medical Centre Rotterdam, the Netherlands.
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