Tendon ruptures in the rheumatoid hand: Analysis of treatment and functional results in 60 patients

J. R. Moore, A. J. Weiland, L. Valdata

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Seventy-six reconstructive procedures were performed to treat tendon rupture in 60 patients with rheumatoid arthritis. Tendon rupture commonly occurred in the extensors to the ring and small fingers. However, ruptures of extensors and several flexor tendons were also encountered. Single or double tendon ruptures responded sucessfully to a variety of tendon transfers. Reconstruction for multiple tendon ruptures is a salvage procedure that is often associated with extensor lag and impairment of overall function. Early aggressive treatment of distal radioulnar joint derangements in the rheumatoid wrist is recommended to forestall many cases of tendon rupture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)9-14
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1987


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery

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