Feasibility of partial A2 and A4 pulley excision: residual pulley strength (Journal article)

Mitsionis, G./ Fischer, K. J./ Bastidas, J. A./ Grewal, R./ Pfaeffle, H. J./ Tomaino, M. M.


We investigated residual digital flexor pulley strengths after 75% excision of the A2 and A4 pulleys. For direct pull-off tests, A2 and A4 pulleys from cadaveric fingers were tested by pulling on a loop of flexor digitorum profundus tendon through the pulley. For functional loading tests, fingers were positioned with the metacarpophalangeal joint flexed to 90 degrees for A2 testing, and with the proximal interphalangeal joint in 90 degrees flexion for A4 testing (with all other joints in full extension). Excision of 75% of A2 and A4 pulleys reduced pulley strengths determined by both testing methods. For the functional loading tests, which are more clinically relevant, mean tendon forces at failure after partial excision of A2 and A4 pulleys were 224 and 131 N respectively, which is sufficient to withstand flexor tendon forces expected during activities of daily living.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Υγείας. Τμήμα Ιατρικής
Keywords: Analysis of Variance,Biomechanics,Cadaver,Feasibility Studies,Fingers/*physiology,Humans,*Range of Motion, Articular,Tendons/*physiology
URI: http://olympias.lib.uoi.gr/jspui/handle/123456789/21611
ISSN: 0266-7681
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10763733
http://jhs.sagepub.com/content/25/1/90.full.pdf
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