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Forearm Elongation After Hand ReplantationA Case Report
Cedomir S. Vucetic, MD, PhD1
1 Department of Microsurgery, Institute of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Visegradska 26, 11000 Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro. E-mail address: mmilance@yubc.net
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The author did not receive grants or outside funding in support of his research or preparation of this manuscript. He did not receive payments or other benefits or a commitment or agreement to provide such benefits from a commercial entity. No commercial entity paid or directed, or agreed to pay or direct, any benefits to any research fund, foundation, educational institution, or other charitable or nonprofit organization with which the author is affiliated or associated.
Investigation performed at the Department of Microsurgery, Institute of Orthopaedic Surgery and Traumatology, Belgrade, Serbia and Montenegro

The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, Incorporated
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 2005 Jan 01;87(1):181-186. doi: 10.2106/JBJS.C.01654
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The cases of a considerable number of patients who have had successful hand and forearm replantation have been reported1-6. Success depends primarily on the surgical technique and the type of injury. Amputations with a narrow area of injury have the best expectations for a successful recovery7,8. Amputations with extensive areas of injury of the forearm, wrist, and hand, such as crush and avulsion injuries, reduce the chances of survival and functional recovery9,10. The objective of this case report was to demonstrate the possibility of restoring a functional upper extremity in a patient with a complete amputation of the hand at the level of the wrist with extensive damage to all of the tissues at the amputation level.
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