ACUTE INJURY TO FLEXOR TENDONS OF THE HAND: ASSESSMENT, DIAGNOSIS AND TREATMENT

Harefuah. 2022 Jul;161(7):437-442.

ABSTRACT

Hand lacerations are common injuries seen by the primary care physician. Even seemingly small cuts carry a high risk of injury to flexor tendons of the hand which requires surgical treatment by a specialist. Elucidation of the relevant history, along with a dedicated and focused physical examination is imperative for an early intervention which, along with a meticulous surgical technique and dedicated rehabilitation by occupational therapists, will lead to a much improved functional prognosis for the patient. This is a brief review of the anatomy and physiology of flexor tendons injury and repair, with historical milestones of developments in the approach to the injury. The article also highlights the surgical procedure brought forth by the late Professor Isidor Kessler, one of the founders of surgery of the hand in Israel, presented here as an overview and guidance to the primary care physician.

PMID:35833430

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