Four patients with homozygous hyperbetalipoproteinaemia who had proved resistant to intensive medical therapy have undergone portacaval shunt. During 3 weeks of total parenteral alimentation before the operation, the serum-cholesterol decreased significantly in each of the four patients. During the fat-emulsion phase of hyperalimentation, one patient… (More)
We describe the use of the extensor pollicis longus tendon as an extension of the motor unit in an opponens transfer. Its advantages, and its successful application in 4 cases, are illustrated. To the best of our knowledge, this method has not been described before. We believe it to be a satisfactory addition to the other methods described.