Methods and results of replantation following traumatic amputation of the thumb in sixty-four patients.

@article{Schlenker1980MethodsAR,
  title={Methods and results of replantation following traumatic amputation of the thumb in sixty-four patients.},
  author={James D. Schlenker and Harold E. Kleinert and Te-hsiu Tsai},
  journal={The Journal of hand surgery},
  year={1980},
  volume={5 1},
  pages={
          63-70
        }
}
Immediate survival and functional results were studied in 64 thumb replantations performed during a 3 year period. The failure rate, 27% overall, was higher in patients over 50 years of age (50%) and following avulsions with or without crushing injuries (58%). Long vein grafts from the radial artery proximally to the thumb arteries distally were employed in 15 patients to bypass the traumatized area in the first web space. A higher survival rate (90%) was associated with the use of vein grafts… CONTINUE READING
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