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Surgical Repair of an Avulsed Distal Flexor Carpi Radialis Tendon in a Boxer

A Case Report

Berthiaume, Emily A. MS1; Hagopian, Thomas M. MD2; Cohen, Myles J. MD3; Millstein, Eric S. MD4; Kulber, David A. MD2,3,4

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.17.00211
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Case: A 25-year-old professional boxer presented with a right distal flexor carpi radialis (FCR) tendon avulsion after sustaining an injury while boxing. The avulsion was identified and confirmed with magnetic resonance imaging, and the tendon was successfully reinserted into the trapezium. The patient returned to professional boxing 10 months later without complication.

Conclusions: Distal FCR tendon avulsions are rare. Occasionally, this tendon can avulse after an application of excessive force. For some patients, unrepaired distal FCR tendon avulsions may prevent competitive performance. In this case, the tendon was reattached to the trapezium to aid wrist motion and stability, which are essential for professional boxing.

1David Geffen School of Medicine, University of California, Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California

2Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, California

3Department of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California

4Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California

E-mail address for D.A. Kulber: DavidK@csmns.org

Investigation was performed at The Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, California

Disclosure: The Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest forms are provided with the online version of the article (http://links.lww.com/JBJSCC/A807).

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