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Tseng Oliver Fan-Ying MD; Tsai, Yuh-Chuang MD; Wei, Fu-Chan MD, FACS; Staffenberg, David A. MD
Annals of Plastic Surgery: June 1996
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The salvage rate of degloved amputation of the fingers is as low as 50%. This case report consists of a multiple-finger degloving amputation characterized by intact tendons, pulleys, and bone, but avulsed neurovascular bundles. After replantation, the range of motion of the fingers was nearly full. Protective-to-light touch sensation was obtained with transpositional digital nerve transfers. Grasp strength was 80% that of the uninjured side. In addition to good functional recovery, the aesthetic appearance obtained by replantation of the degloved skin was far better than that obtained by other reconstruction methods. A first web space flap was used to release a flexion contracture of the proximal interphalangeal joint of the middle finger.

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