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J Korean Soc Surg Hand. 2016 Jun;21(2):89-92. Korean.
Published online June 24, 2016.
Copyright © 2016. The Korean Society for Surgery of the Hand
Trigger Finger of a Distal A2 Pulley
Jin Woo Jin, Byoung Youl Kang and Dong Hee Kim
Departments of Orthopedic Surgery, Samsung Changwon Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, Changwon, Korea.

Correspondence to: Dong Hee Kim. Samsung Changwon Hospital, Sungkyunkwan University School of Medicine, 158 Paryong-ro, Masanhoewon-gu, Changwon 51353, Korea. TEL: +82-55-290-6030, FAX: +82-55-290-6888, Email:
Received February 24, 2015; Revised May 10, 2015; Accepted May 11, 2016.

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Trigger finger commonly occurs in A1 pulley. However, there have been occasional reports of proximal or distal A2 pulley and A3 pulley at other sites. Especially, trigger finger that occurs in A2 pulley is usually due to thickening of flexor tendon. Flexor tendon plasty surgery or A2 pulley partial release are well known treatments of A2 pulley trigger finger. We conducted pulley lengthening of the A2 pulley to a 62-year-old man who has trigger finger occurring in distal portion of the A2 pulley, and we report about this with good results obtained.

Keywords: A2 pulley; Trigger finger; Pulley lengthening


Fig. 1
Intraoperative photograph. Note the thickness of flexor digitorum profundus tendon (*) at distal portion of A2 pulley in tendon retracted distally after A2 pulley is released.
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Fig. 2
Z-plasty of A2 pulley. A2 pulley has been extended with the use of Z-plasty technique.
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