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A case is described in which the terminal two phalanges of a stiff, useless index finger were transplanted into the metacarpal of a missing thumb. The terminal phalanx was first inserted into the distal end of the first metacarpal and 10 weeks later when bony union was achieved, the index finger was sectioned at the proximal interphalangeal joint.
Excellent sensitivity returned and the thumb is both ˦sthetically and functionally satisfactory.
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