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Upper Limb

A retinacular sling for subluxing tendons of the first extensor compartment


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Over-zealous release of the first dorsal compartment of the wrist for de Quervain’s disease or other lesions such as ganglia, may result in volar subluxation of the tendons of abductor pollicis longus and extensor pollicis brevis. This is usually asymptomatic, but may occasionally become disabling. We describe an operation using part of the extensor retinaculum to stabilise such a subluxation.

Correspondence should be sent to Mr R. Ramesh.

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