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The Flexor Hallucis Longus for transfer in chronic Achilles tendon ruptures: an anatomic study. (South Carolina Junior Academy Of Sciences Abstracts).

Flexor Hallucis Longus (FHL) tendon transfers are commonly used in the repair of chronic Achilles tendon ruptures. The current method of retrieving the tendon through the hindfoot often limits the amount of tendon able to be harvested. This medical research was conducted to determine if harvesting the FHL in the midfoot provided significantly more tendon length than harvesting the FHL in the hindfoot. The research also provided information on whether blind harvesting of the FHL in the hindfoot poses risk to surrounding neurovascular structures. The data concluded that harvesting the FHL in the midfoot would provide roughly 10 cm more tendon length for transfer. Also, it was noted the FHL could be stripped with a 100% confidence level up to 3 cm proximal to the Knot of Henry.

Josephine Dion South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics
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Title Annotation:foot surgery research
Author:Dion, Josephine
Publication:Bulletin of the South Carolina Academy of Science
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jan 1, 2003
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