ISSN : 2146-3123
E-ISSN : 2146-3131

Spontaneous Rupture of the Extensor Pollicis Longus Tendon due to Unusual Etiology
Süleyman Taş 1, Serkan Balta 1, Erol Benlier 1
1Department of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, Trakya University Faculty of Medicine, Edirne, Turkey
DOI : 10.5152/balkanmedj.2013.9027
Pages : 105-106

Abstract

Background: The etiology of spontaneous rupture of the extensor pollicis longus tendon includes systemic or local steroid injections, wrist fracture, tenosynovitis, synovitis, rheumatoid arthritis, and repetitive wrist motions.

Case Report: We encountered a case of extensor pollicis longus tendon rupture with an unusual etiology, cow milking. In this case, transfer of the extensor indicis proprius tendon was performed successfully. At 1 year after surgery, extension of the thumb was sufficient.

Conclusion: It appears that patients with occupations involving repetitive motions are at a high risk of closed tendon ruptures.

Keywords : EPL, repetitive motion, rupture, spontaneous, tendon
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