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Year : 2019  |  Volume : 9  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 182-184

An uncommon case of atraumatic palsy of a branch of the anterior interosseous nerve with a late spontaneous recovery

1 Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Thessaly, Larissa, Greece
2 Department of Anatomy, School of Medicine, Democritus University of Thrace, Alexandroupolis, Greece

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Prof. Aristeidis H Zibis
Department of Anatomy, Faculty of Medicine, University of Thessaly, Larissa
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DOI: 10.4103/ijabmr.IJABMR_169_18

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Atraumatic palsy of the anterior interosseous nerve (AIN) is rarely encountered, presenting an uncertain etiology which provokes a weakness of the flexor pollicis longus (FPL), flexor digitorum profundus (FDP), and pronator quadratus, while a lesion of one of the AIN branches is even rarer. In many cases, the diagnosis is based in motor deviations due to nerve's palsy. A palsy of the AIN can be “complete” or “incomplete.” In an incomplete palsy, only the FPL or the FDP of the index finger is paretic or paralyzed. There is a scientific debate concerning the effectiveness between surgical and conservative treatment approaches. Moreover, a patient may have the opportunity to decide whether to be submitted in an interventional procedure or not. The purpose of this paper is to report a case of an AIN's branch palsy and to suggest a possible delay of the surgical exploration, since a late self-recovery may occur.

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