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SA Orthopaedic Journal

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SALKINDER, R  and  LIEBENBERG, E. Isolated loss of flexor pollicis longus function after plating of the radius. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2010, vol.9, n.2, pp.76-78. ISSN 2309-8309.

A patient presented with an open midshaft radius and ulna fracture which was treated with debridement and open reduction and internal fixation using the LC-DCP technique. Postoperatively the patient had isolated loss of flexor pollicis longus function which recovered fully after 10 weeks with a 'wait-and-see' policy. An isolated traction neuropraxia of the branch of the anterior interosseous nerve to the flexor pollicis longus muscle is the presumed cause.

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