The aim of this study was to assess long-term results of extensor indicis (EI) to extensor pollicis longus (EPL) transfers and to assess donor site morbidity. A specific EI-EPL evaluation method (SEEM) was used to measure EPL function after transfer. The outcomes in 17 patients are presented. Results were assessed by the Geldmacher score, the SEEM, mobility and strength of thumb and index finger, pinch and grip strength, and a questionnaire, comparing the operated and non-operated hands. Based on the SEEM, the results were excellent to good in 11 of 17 patients. There was no marked loss of independent extension of the index finger and only a 38% loss of extension strength.

dx.doi.org/10.1016/S0266-7681(99)90025-6, hdl.handle.net/1765/58855
Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume)
Department of Rehabilitation Medicine

Lemmen, M.H.M, Schreuders, A.R, Stam, H.J, & Hovius, S.E.R. (1999). Evaluation of restoration of extensor pollicis function by transfer of the extensor indicis. Journal of Hand Surgery (European Volume), 24(1), 46–49. doi:10.1016/S0266-7681(99)90025-6