The prevalence of absence of the palmaris longus--a study in a Chinese population and a review of the literature.

@article{Sebastin2005ThePO,
  title={The prevalence of absence of the palmaris longus--a study in a Chinese population and a review of the literature.},
  author={Sandeep Jacob Sebastin and M E Puhaindran and Aymeric Yu Tang Lim and Ivor Jiun Lim and Wong Hwee Bee},
  journal={Journal of hand surgery},
  year={2005},
  volume={30 5},
  pages={525-7}
}
Most standard textbooks of hand surgery quote the prevalence of absence of palmaris longus at around 15%. However, this figure varies considerably in reports from different ethnic groups. We studied 329 Chinese men and women and found palmaris longus to be absent unilaterally in 3.3%, and bilaterally in 1.2%, with an overall prevalence of absence of 4.6%. There was no significant difference in its absence with regard to the body side or the sex. Our literature review revealed a low prevalence… CONTINUE READING
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