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J Hand Surg Br. 1987 Oct;12(3):335-42.

Clinodactyly of the little finger: a simple operative technique for reversal of the growth abnormality.

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Royal Childrens Hospital, Brisbane, Australia.


The traditional approach to clinodactyly has been either to accept the deformity or to perform an osteotomy. As an alternative to osteotomy, a resection of the mid-zone of the continuous epiphysis along with the underlying physis and its replacement by a fat graft (physiolysis) is simpler and allows further growth in the phalanx. Twelve of these operations have been reviewed with a maximum follow-up of six years. Excellent functional and cosmetic results have been obtained. The renewed growth is manifest not only by an increase in length, but also by a decrease in the angular deformity and improvement of the articular surfaces. Osteotomy at maturity has only been necessary in one patient.

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