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March 1958

Reconstruction of the Amputated Thumb

Author Affiliations

Dhahran, Saudi Arabia
From the Department of Surgery, Dhahran Health Center.

AMA Arch Surg. 1958;76(3):372-378. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1958.01280210042008

Introduction  Amputation of the thumb is not a common injury. Over a period of five years, from Jan. 1, 1952, to Dec. 31, 1956, we have had 15 cases of thumb amputation in the Arabian American Oil Company hospitals. These cases occurred among 581 hospital admissions for injuries to the hand, not including the many more cases treated in the outpatient department. As compared with amputations of the rest of the fingers, the thumb amputations comprise 13.7%, a total of 109 traumatic finger amputations having been seen in 70 patients. The thumb injuries, in general, numbered 61 cases, or 10% of the total injuries for which patients were admitted. Of the 15 cases of amputated thumb, 3 only were serious enough to require reconstructive surgery, that is, 0.5% of the total admissions for hand injuries (Table). The rest of the injuries were at a more distal level.This small number

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