Index rotation flap for palmar thumb release in arthrogryposis

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The soft tissue envelope in congenital contractural conditions such as clasped or arthrogrypotic thumbs is often deficient in 2 planes, the thumb-index web and the flexor aspect of the thumb. Small local transposition flaps borrow tissue from 1 plane to augment the other and are likely to worsen 1 contracture whereas improving the other. Tissue must be added to the thumb envelope from outside the contracted areas. A flap based on the index finger can be designed to both open the thumb-index web and augment skin on flexor aspect of the thumb metacarpophalangeal joint. This flap is particularly useful in the congenital contractural conditions that have the appearance of a small ptyerigium or increased skin in the dorso-palmar plane of the index finger. After a comprehensive release of all the tight structures, this technique for skin closure is straightforward and the donor site can usually be closed primarily.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)38-40
Number of pages3
JournalTechniques in Hand and Upper Extremity Surgery
Issue number1
StatePublished - Mar 1 2010


  • Arthrogrypotic thumb
  • Index rotation flap
  • Palmar thumb defect
  • Thumb soft tissue defect

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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