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Title: Dermal pocketing following distal finger replantation
Authors: Puhaindran, M.E.
Tan, D.M.K.
Peng, Y.P. 
Lim, A.Y.T.
Paavilainen, P.
Keywords: Dermal pocketing
Distal replantation
Fingertip amputations
Fingertip injuries
Issue Date: 2010
Citation: Puhaindran, M.E., Tan, D.M.K., Peng, Y.P., Lim, A.Y.T., Paavilainen, P. (2010). Dermal pocketing following distal finger replantation. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery 63 (8) : 1318-1322. ScholarBank@NUS Repository.
Abstract: Replantation is an ideal technique for reconstruction following fingertip amputation as it provides 'like for like' total reconstruction of the nail complex, bone pulp tissue and skin with no donor-site morbidity. However, fingertips are often not replanted because veins cannot be found or are thought to be too small to repair. Attempts at 'cap-plasty' or pocketing of replanted tips with and without microvascular anastomosis have been done in the past with varying degrees of success. We prospectively followed up a group of patients who underwent digital replantation and dermal pocketing in the palm to evaluate the outcome of this procedure. There were 10 patients with 14 amputated digits (two thumbs, five index, four middle, two ring and one little) who underwent dermal pocketing of the amputated digit following replantation. Among the 14 digits that were treated with dermal pocketing, 11 survived completely, one had partial atrophy and two were completely lost. Complications encountered included finger stiffness (two patients) and infection of the replanted fingertip with osteomyelitis of the distal phalanx (one patient). We believe that this technique can help increase the chance of survival for distal replantation with an acceptable salvage rate of 85% in our series. © 2009 British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons.
Source Title: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery
ISSN: 17486815
DOI: 10.1016/j.bjps.2009.06.039
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