Indian J Lepr 2008, 80 : 155-160 Original Article


Flexor Carpi Ulnaris Transfer Successfully used to Gain Strengthening of Flexor Digitorum Superficialis Tendons


A Beine*



Abstract

Transfer of the Flexor Carpi Ulnaris (FCU) to replace the power of the paralysed Extensor Digitorum Communis and Extensor Pollicies Longus has been described in the literature. However the use of FCU for strengthening Flexor Digitorum Superficialis (FDS) is relatively not widely known. In this report the use of the technique is dicussed to successfully restore the strength of the fingers of a leprosy patient with considerable partial high median palsy to this patient's urgent need and at his request. This surgical procedure and results of a single case are shown as a preliminary report.Transfer of the Flexor Carpi Ulnaris (FCU) to replace the power of the paralysed Extensor Digitorum Communis and Extensor Pollicies Longus has been described in the literature. However the use of FCU for strengthening Flexor Digitorum Superficialis (FDS) is relatively not widely known. In this report the use of the technique is dicussed to successfully restore the strength of the fingers of a leprosy patient with considerable partial high median palsy to this patient's urgent need and at his request. This surgical procedure and results of a single case are shown as a preliminary report.

Key words : FCU transfer, FDS tendons, Leprosy.