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Clin Anat. 2013 Jul;26(5):578-83. doi: 10.1002/ca.22229. Epub 2013 Apr 22.

Surgical anatomy of hand allotransplantation.

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Division of Plastic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Mayo Clinic College of Medicine, Rochester, Minnesota, USA.

Abstract

The hand is the most refined anatomical terminal device known and the leading edge of the sensorium. Further, the hand is second only to the face in terms of visibility and is a vitally important aspect aesthetic and body image. Hand amputation represents a devastating loss of function and independence. Restoring function after limb loss is a challenge and traditionally includes autologous methods and prosthetics. In the last 15 years, hand transplantation has become a viable option for select patients.

PMID:
23609942
DOI:
10.1002/ca.22229
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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