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Clin Anat. 2005 Nov;18(8):606-8.

Contrahentes digitorum muscle.

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  • 1Department of Cell Biology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Birmingham, Alabama, USA. rstubbs@uab.edu


Variations of the adductor pollicis muscle of the hand are seemingly rare. We describe an unusual finding of this muscle made during the routine dissection of a cadaveric hand as part of our medical school's gross anatomy course. We believe this case report represents persistence of a portion of the contrahentes digitorum in a human hand. As muscle variations may compress the median nerve while in the carpal tunnel, the clinician should be aware of such a variation.

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