Bilateral thumb amputation (Journal article)

Soucacos, P. N./ Beris, A. E./ Malizos, K. N./ Touliatos, A. S.


Seventy-one patients with thumb amputations, 45 complete and 26 incomplete nonviable, have been treated at the Microsurgical Unit of the Department of Orthopaedic Surgery at the University of Ioannina Medical School over the past 15 years. Of these thumb amputations, which included crush, avulsion, and guillotine injuries, three cases involved amputation of both thumbs. The three patients with complete bilateral thumb amputations are presented. Because of the importance of the thumb, microsurgical replantation efforts were made which proved successful for two of the patients. Replantation efforts in the third patient, who had severe crush injuries of both thumbs, were not successful. Bilateral thumb amputation is a serious and disabling injury. When replantation is attempted by a team of surgeons well trained in microsurgery, the final result can be impressive, with exceptionally good function of the replanted thumbs.
Institution and School/Department of submitter: Πανεπιστήμιο Ιωαννίνων. Σχολή Επιστημών Υγείας. Τμήμα Ιατρικής
Keywords: Adolescent,Adult,Amputation, Traumatic/etiology/*surgery,Humans,Male,Microsurgery,Middle Aged,Replantation/*methods,Thumb/*injuries/surgery,Treatment Outcome
URI: http://olympias.lib.uoi.gr/jspui/handle/123456789/23481
ISSN: 0738-1085
Link: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/7968473
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