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Tech Hand Up Extrem Surg. 2014 Sep;18(3):131-4. doi: 10.1097/BTH.0000000000000051.

Cross-finger dermal pocketing to augment venous outflow for distal fingertip replantation.

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*Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore †Department of Orthopedics, Tan Tok Seng Hospital ‡Department of Hand and Reconstructive Microsurgery, National University Hospital, Singapore, Singapore.


Venous anastomosis in distal fingertip replantations is not always possible, and venous congestion is recognized as a potential cause of failure. Methods previously described to address this problem include amputate deepithelization and dermal pocketing postarterial anastomosis to augment venous outflow. However, attachment of the digit to the palm or abdomen resulted in finger stiffness. We describe a modification of the previous methods by utilizing dermal flaps raised from the adjacent digit in the form of a cross-finger flap. The key differences are the partial deepithelization of the replanted fingertip and subsequent replacement of the dermal flap to the donor digit to minimize donor site morbidity. During the period where the 2 digits are attached, interphalangeal joint mobilization is permitted to maintain joint mobility.

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