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J Hand Surg Am. 1987 Mar;12(2):169-79.

Long-term review of the surgical treatment of radial deficiencies.


Sixty-four patients with 101 radial deficiencies form the basis of this review of anatomy, treatment, and long-term follow-up. Average follow-up was 8.6 years, with a range of 1 to 27 years. A radiologic classification of radial deficiencies is presented. The preferred method of treatment is centralization. The goal is to create a centralized, cosmetically and functionally improved hand, yet maintain wrist motion. There were 21 good, 20 satisfactory, and 10 unsatisfactory results. Good and satisfactory results all had adequate preoperative stretching, proper surgical technique, and postoperative brace compliance. Failure to adhere to outlined principles of soft tissue release and adequate centralization resulted in the unsatisfactory results.

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