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Redistribution of Forces in the Correction of the Boutonnière Deformity

LITTLER, J. WILLIAM; EATON, RICHARD G.

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Secondary reconstructive procedures to correct chronic boutonniere deformity involving reparative or additive techniques frequently fail to restore the necessary full excursion of the extensor aponeurosis. A simple release procedure based on precise anatomy, which redistributes the forces acting on the interphalangeal joints, has been successful in restoring full interphalangeal extension and flexion in a limited number of patients.

From the Hand Service, Department of Surgery, The Roosevelt Hospital, New York

Copyright © 1967 by The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
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