An innervated cross−finger flap for fingertip reconstruction

Benjamin E. Cohen, Ernest D. Cronin

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Summary AH innervated cross-finger flap for treatment of severe fingertip injuries is described. With this method, the dorsal skin over the middle phalanx, together with its sensory nerve, is transferred as a compound skin-nerve flap. A neurorrhaphy is performed between this nerve and the cut end of the digital nerve at the injury site. Seven of eight patients (88 percent) treated with this method (mean follow-up time 14.4 months) achieved measurable two-point discrimination. The average for those who did was 4.8 mm. A group of patients with similar injuries treated with standard cross-finger flaps exhibited slower sensory return that progressed to a lower level. In this group (mean follow-up time 16.3 months), three of six (50 percent) achieved measurable two-point discrimination with a mean value of 9 mm.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)688-695
Number of pages8
JournalPlastic and Reconstructive Surgery
Issue number5
StatePublished - Nov 1983

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery


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