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Ligamentous laxity and scar formation.

Authors
  • Macnab, I
  • Macnab, J
Type
Published Article
Journal
Clinical orthopaedics and related research
Publication Date
Sep 01, 1978
Issue
135
Pages
154–156
Identifiers
PMID: 709926
Source
Medline
License
Unknown

Abstract

The character of scar tissue is relative to or influenced by ligamentous laxity. Patients who are able to passively hyperextend the terminal interphalangeal joint of the index finger to 45 degrees and beyond have a tendency to leave broad scars. This proved to be statistically significance (p less than .001). It is suggested that in female patients in particular, assessment of the passive hyperextensibility of the terminal interphalangeal joint of the index finger can be used preoperatively to determine whether the patient will be left with a cosmetically displeasing scar following any operative procedure.

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