The mend of the bend: flexor pollicis longus tendon has an additional pulley distal to its point of angulation

Chin, Kuen Foo, Khalid, Mohamed, Gogi, Nitish, Fussey, Jonathan and Shanahan, Donal (2008) The mend of the bend: flexor pollicis longus tendon has an additional pulley distal to its point of angulation. Clinical Anatomy, 21 (5). pp. 427-432. ISSN 0897-3806

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Abstract

The tendon of flexor pollicis longus angulates at the trapezio-metacarpal joint level. The degree of angulation varies with extent of radial/ulnar deviation (Rack and Ross [[1984]] J. Physiol. 351:99-110). We report a fibrous pulley at this level that helps stabilize the tendon and facilitates its action. The morphology of the pulley is described. We believe that it has an important role to play in the unique function of the tendon facilitating the movement of the thumb perpendicular to the plane of the thumbnail.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: B100 Anatomy, Physiology and Pathology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Applied Sciences
Depositing User: EPrint Services
Date Deposited: 29 Jan 2010 15:19
Last Modified: 24 Oct 2017 11:27
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/2599

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