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J Korean Soc Surg Hand. 2016 Jun;21(2):84-88. Korean.
Published online June 24, 2016.
Copyright © 2016. The Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand
Flexor Pollicis Longus Reconstruction in Patient with the Linburg-Comstock Syndrome
Sung Jong Woo,1 and Sang Won Moon2
1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Prime Hospital, Busan, Korea.
2Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Haeundae Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea.

Correspondence to: Sang Won Moon. Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Haeundae Paik Hospital, Inje University College of Medicine, 875 Haeun-daero, Haeundae-gu, Busan 48108, Korea. TEL: +82-51-797-0668, FAX: +82-51-797-0991, Email:
Received February 21, 2016; Revised June 09, 2016; Accepted June 12, 2016.

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Linburg-Comstock phenomenon is defined simultaneous flexion of thumb and other fingers. The coupling of the flexor pollicis longus and flexor digitorum profundus tendons is the main pathognomonic feature of this lesion. Typically, pain is noted at the distal level of the forearm at the site of the abnormal connection. We describe a case of flexor pollicis longus tendon rupture who undergoes a carpal tunnel release, and report the Linburg-Comstock syndrome after the flexor tendon reconstruction.

Keywords: Flexor pollicis longus; Flexor digitorum profundus; Abnormal tendon connection; Linburg-Comstock syndrome


Fig. 1
(A) Severe tenosynovitis and adhesion were seen in radial side of the wrist. (B) A flexor pollicis longus tendon was ruptured and retracted.
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Fig. 2
Four months follow-up physical examination demonstrate active motion of right interphalangeal joint of thumb. (A) Active extension. (B) Active flexion.
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Fig. 3
Demonstration of the patient's simultaneous flexion of the interphalangeal joint of the thumb and the distal interphalangeal joint of the index finger (arrow) of the right hand.
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