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Haemophilia. 2010 Mar;16(2):333-8. doi: 10.1111/j.1365-2516.2009.02141.x. Epub 2009 Nov 18.

Cubital tunnel syndrome in patients with haemophilia.

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Department of Orthopedic Surgery and Imam Hospital Hemophilia Center, Imam University Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.


Elbow is the second most common joint involved in patients with haemophilia; however, there is little data about the involvement of ulnar nerve at elbow in patients with haemophilic arthropathy. The purpose of this study was to address this problem in the elbow and evaluate the results of anterior subcutaneous transposition of the ulnar nerve in a small group of patients with haemophilia who had been managed in two institutions. Information on six patients who were diagnosed with tardy ulnar nerve palsy in two institutions was retrospectively collected. All patients suffered form severe haemophilia A. Anterior subcutaneous transposition of the ulnar nerve had been performed in all except one. The mean age of the patients at the time of procedure was 45.8 years and the mean duration of follow-up was 60.2 months. No postoperative complication or recurrence was observed. No additional surgery was required in operated patients. Evaluation was performed using subjective and objective measures, and a modified Bishop score. After operation, subjective sensory and motor disturbances were improved or resolved in all of the operated patients, while objective measures improved less well. Ulnar nerve can be involved in cubital tunnel in patients with haemophilia. Anterior subcutaneous transposition of the ulnar nerve is an effective procedure for improving patients' symptoms, with low risk of complications.

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