While the postoperative range of motion of the metacarpophalangeal joint is not so much determined by variables such as familial history, age at onset, preoperative joint status, type of operation, duration of surgery, and level of surgeon’s experience, LEGGE et al. (1980) proved convincingly that the interphalangeal joint range of motion can be predicted on the basis of anatomical factors, such as the number of joints involved and the preoperative state of contraction. The postoperative range of motion of the little finger is, however, determined by the primary contraction status of the MP 5 joint, because of the metacarpophalangeal assemblage nucleus located here (ZANCOLLI et al., 1992). The regained range of motion of the little finger can thus serve as a parameter for a “successful” operation in Dupuytren’s disease.
KeywordsRelapse Rate Nerve Lesion Reflex Sympathetic Dystrophy Digital Artery Postoperative Range
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