Case Report
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World J Orthop. Jul 18, 2016; 7(7): 448-451
Published online Jul 18, 2016. doi: 10.5312/wjo.v7.i7.448
Extensor pollicis brevis tendon can hyperextend thumb interphalangeal joint in absence of extensor pollicis longus: Case report and review of the literature
Robert J Strauch, Carolyn B Strauch
Robert J Strauch, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University, New York, NY 10032, United States
Carolyn B Strauch, Dartmouth College, Hanover, NY 03755, United States
Author contributions: All authors contributed to the acquisition of data, writing, and revision of this manuscript.
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Correspondence to: Robert J Strauch, MD, Professor of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Columbia University, 622 West 168th Street, PH11-1119, New York, NY 10032, United States.
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Received: January 30, 2016
Peer-review started: February 1, 2016
First decision: April 15, 2016
Revised: April 17, 2016
Accepted: May 7, 2016
Article in press: May 9, 2016
Published online: July 18, 2016
Core Tip

Core tip: The extensor pollicis brevis may be able to substitute for extensor pollicis longus (EPL) function in some patients when EPL has ruptured.