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Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy

, Volume 40, Issue 9, pp 979–988 | Cite as

Morphological and morphometric evaluation of intertendinous connections among extensor tendons in fetal hands

  • Şahi Nur Kalkışım
  • Mehmet Ali Çan
  • Özlem Uzun
  • Canan Ertemoğlu Öksüz
Original Article

Abstract

Purpose

The purpose of this study was to determine morphometry and morphology of intertendinous connection on fetal cadavers and perform an evidence on tendon relationships.

Methods

Thirty dorsal fetal cadaveric hands were dissected. Morphometric measurements (length, width, beginning-ending angles and areas) of intertendinous connections were performed. The intertendinous connections were typed morphologically according to their shape and direction. Measurement values were obtained for the second, third and fourth intermetacarpal spaces. The measurement results were compared between right–left hand and male–female fetuses.

Results

No intertendinous connections were present in the first intermetacarpal space in any dissected hands. Statistical differences were observed between the sides in terms of width, and beginning and end angles.

Conclusion

Anatomical results of this study would be helpful in identifying intertendinous connection types, dimensions and their relationships to the extensor tendons, and would assist surgeons when choosing intertendinous connection as an additional structural resource for tendon repair especially pediatric cases.

Keywords

Intertendinous connection Juncturae tendinum Fetal hand Extensor tendon Cadaveric dissection 

Notes

Acknowledgements

The authors are gratefully acknowledging the assistance given by N. Burak Zihni at the Medical Informatics and Biostatistics department of the Karadeniz Technical University during the statistical evaluation of the study. We thank families of fetuses for their contributions.

Funding

The authors received no financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

Compliance with ethical standards

Conflict of interest

The authors declared that they have no potential conflicts of interest with respect to the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article.

Ethical approval

Written consent approval of the Ethics Committee of the Karadeniz Technical University Medical Faculty of Medicine was obtained prior to the study. The research was conducted in accordance with the ethical principles for medical research involving human subjects (Declaration of Helsinki).

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, Health Sciences Institute, Vocational School of Health ScienceKaradeniz Technical UniversityTrabzonTurkey
  2. 2.Department of Anatomy, Faculty of MedicineKaradeniz Technical UniversityTrabzonTurkey

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