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Title: The prevalence of absence of the palmaris longus - A study in a Chinese population and a review of the literature
Authors: Sebastin, S.J.
Puhaindran, M.E.
Lim, A.Y.T. 
Lim, I.J. 
Bee, W.H.
Keywords: Ethnic variations
Palmaris longus
Tendon anomalies
Issue Date: Oct-2005
Citation: Sebastin, S.J., Puhaindran, M.E., Lim, A.Y.T., Lim, I.J., Bee, W.H. (2005-10). The prevalence of absence of the palmaris longus - A study in a Chinese population and a review of the literature. Journal of Hand Surgery 30 (5) : 525-527. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Most standard textbooks of hand surgery quote the prevalence of absence of palmaris longus at around 15%. However, this figure varies considerably in reports from different ethnic groups. We studied 329 Chinese men and women and found palmaris longus to be absent unilaterally in 3.3%, and bilaterally in 1.2%, with an overall prevalence of absence of 4.6%. There was no significant difference in its absence with regard to the body side or the sex. Our literature review revealed a low prevalence of absence in Asian, Black and Native American populations and a much higher prevalence of absence in Caucasian populations. It is clear that a standard prevalence of absence of the palmaris longus cannot be applied to all populations. © 2005 The British Society for Surgery of the Hand. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.
Source Title: Journal of Hand Surgery
ISSN: 02667681
DOI: 10.1016/j.jhsb.2005.05.003
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