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Results of treatment of the extensive volar wrist lacerations: 'the spaghetti wrist'.

'Spaghetti wrist' describes a volar wrist laceration in which at least 10 structures, inclusive of tendons, at least one major nerve and usually one major vessel are divided. This retrospective study, was performed between January 1990 and December 1995 at the Department of Orthopaedic and Traumatology of Erciyes University Medical School. The outcome of 21 patients who sustained simultaneous laceration of the median and ulnar nerves as well as flexor tendons at the wrist is described. The mean follow-up was 6.4 years. The flexor tendons were assessed using criteria from Lister et al. Vascular status was assessed clinically. Ulnar and median nerve repair results at the final control were assessed according to Seddon's criteria. Furthermore, the ulnar nerve was assessed according to the power of the first dorsal interosseous muscle, and the median nerve assessed by the function of abductor pollicis brevis and sensory function modality. Primary nerve repair yielded satisfactory results, the median nerve repair achieving a better outcome than the ulnar nerve. Most patients regained a functional range of wrist movement at the final control.[1]


  1. Results of treatment of the extensive volar wrist lacerations: 'the spaghetti wrist'. Kabak, S., Halici, M., Baktir, A., Türk, C.Y., Avşarogullari, L. European journal of emergency medicine : official journal of the European Society for Emergency Medicine. (2002) [Pubmed]
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