Analysis of Tsuge's procedure for the treatment of radial nerve paralysis

O Ishida, Y Ikuta
Hand Surgery 2003, 8 (1): 17-20
Radial deviation and limited flexion of the wrist joint and a lack of abduction of the thumb have been noticed after the Riordan's procedure. Therefore, Tsuge et al. modified the Riordan's procedure, and their procedure includes transfer of the pronator teres to the extensor carpi radialis brevis, the flexor carpi radialis (FCR) to the extensor digitorum communis (EDC), and the palmaris longus to the extensor pollicis longus, along with tenodesis of the abductor pollicis longus. We reviewed the charts of 21 patients with isolated radial nerve paralysis who were treated with the Tsuge's procedure. Mean follow-up period was 11.3 years. Postoperatively, patients showed good extension of the metacarpophalangeal joint measured at the middle finger, useful flexion of the wrist joint, and decreased radial deviation of the wrist. The FCR transfer to the EDC is an excellent procedure for extension of the fingers. However, reconstruction of active abduction of the thumb remains controversial.

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