Pollicization of the mutilated hand by transposition of middle and ring finger remnants

N Weinzweig, L Chen, Z W Chen
Annals of Plastic Surgery 1995, 34 (5): 523-9
Traumatic injuries to the thumb are frequently associated with mutilation of one or more of the remaining digits. The most common digital injuries associated with thumb loss are partial or complete amputation of the index finger or index and long fingers. Occasionally, satisfactory index finger function will be preserved with damage or amputation of the middle or ring fingers, making them the best candidates for transposition. Although pollicization of the index finger has received considerable attention in the literature, pollicization of injured middle and ring finger remnants has not. Transposition of these comparatively useless digital stumps, which may be sacrificed without significant functional deficit to the rest of the hand, may be advantageously performed to create a well-functioning thumb. This procedure facilitates the conversion of a useless, mutilated hand into a well-functioning one in a single operation. We present our experience with pollicization of middle and ring finger remnants in four patients including indications, technique, and functional outcome.

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