Hand & Wrist in Arthrogryposis

- Discussion:
    - hands of wrists in arthrogryposis are marked by weak muscles, stiff MP & IP joints, adducted thumb, and flexed and ulnar-deviated wrist;
    - hand that has pinch and grasp is best left untreated;
    - sublimis release>
          - for flexion of proximal interphalangeal joint;
          - predicatable success;
          - fingers that are stiff in full extension may be improved by releasing joints & allowing the fingers to stiffen in flexion;
    - adducted thumb:
          - required web releases soin grafting, and tendon transfers to extenor/and abductors, most often using sublimis;
    - wrist
          - flexed wrist is commonly of benefit to allow bent fingers to hook objects;
         - serial casting of flexed wrist should precede proposed arthrodesis to confirm functional improvement

Surgical correction of thumb deformity in arthrogryposis and multiplex congenita.

Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Wednesday, April 25, 2012 3:38 pm