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J Reconstr Microsurg. 2004 Jan;20(1):3-6.

Primary reconstruction of a degloved hand using multiple toe transfers on a single pedicle and a reversed radial artery flap.

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Christine M Kleinert Institute of Hand and Microsurgery, 225 Abraham Flexner Way, Suite 850, Louisville, KY 40202, USA.


This case study reports one-stage reconstructive surgery on an 18-year-old man who was injured by an industrial roller machine and who presented with a degloved hand. Non-replantable delgloving occurred in all fingers, with the loss of the palmar and part of the dorsal skin. Multiple free contiguous toes were transferred based on a single dorsalis pedis artery pedicle. The artery was anastomosed to a reversed radial artery flap, which was used to cover the palm for primary reconstruction of the degloved hand. Multiple toes were harvested from the same foot, based on a single pedicle, to contain the potential morbidity to one foot, to enable primary reconstruction, and to decrease the length of the operation. The flaps healed well, and the patient demonstrated adequate tripod pinch and key pinch with the transferred toes, with a two-point discrimination of 12 mm at 1-year follow-up. The patient was satisfied with both the appearance and function of the hand and foot.

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