Thepparat Kanchanathepsak, Wilarat Wairojanakul, Sorasak Suppaphol, Ittirat Watcharananan, Tulyapruek Tawonsawatruk, Hand and Microsurgery Unit, Department of Orthopedics, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Thitiporn Phakdepiboon, Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, Bangkok 10400, Thailand
Author contributions: Kanchanathepsak T, Wairojanakul W, Suppaphol S, Watcharananan I and Tawonsawatruk T designed the research; Kanchanathepsak T, Wairojanakul W, Phakdepiboon T, Tawonsawatruk T performed the research; Kanchanathepsak T and Tawonsawatruk T analysed the data; Kanchanathepsak T, Wairojanakul W and Tawonsawatruk T wrote the manuscript and made the final approval of the version to be published.
Clinical trial registration statement: This study is registered at www.clinicaltrials.in.th. The registration identification number is TCTR20170719002.
Informed consent statement: All study participants provided informed written consent prior to study enrollment.
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Correspondence to: Tulyapruek Tawonsawatruk, MD, PhD, Hand and Microsurgery Unit, Department of Orthopedics, Faculty of Medicine Ramathibodi Hospital, Mahidol University, 270 Rama VI Road, Ratchathewi, Bangkok 10400, Thailand. firstname.lastname@example.org
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Received: January 23, 2017
Peer-review started: February 2, 2017
First decision: June 26, 2017
Revised: July 10, 2017
Accepted: September 3, 2017
Article in press: September 4, 2017
Published online: November 18, 2017