MORPHOMETRIC STUDY OF PALMARIS LONGUS WITH CLINICAL TESTS IN CENTRAL INDIA POPULATION
Vivek Kumar, *Dr. Nisha Yadav, Veeresh Kumar T. M. and Dr. Gunwant Chaudhari
Background: Palmaris Longus is most variable muscle and is the first choice for tendon transfer. The purpose of our study is to obtain the maximum length of Palmaris Longus tendon and find out most reliable clinical test for assessing the tendon length. Materials and Methods: A total of 135 (71 males and 64 females) students and staffs of the college were included. Five clinical tests were performed on each subject and findings were noted. Results: We found at least one PL tendon was present in (95.55%) and both the tendons were present in (77.03%). Unilateral agenesis was more common than the bilateral. We found maximum length of PL is 8.1 cm of right side and 7 cm of left side by Thompson test. We found minimum length of PL of right side is 1.1 cm and left side is 0.9 cm. We observed that out of all five tests, Thompson’s test and Pushpakumar’s test methods are the best to assess and measures the PL and easily understood by the subjects. Conclusion: PL agenesis in central India population is similar to the other reports which have been reported in the literature. In our study we used five clinical tests for measuring the maximum length of PL tendon. Thompson’s test is most reliable for the measurement and easily understood by the subjects. The present work adds to the existing information regarding the measurement of PL using clinical tests, prior to surgery.
Keywords: Clinical Tests, Palmaris Longus, Tendon.
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