Digital innervation patterns following median or ulnar nerve laceration and their correlation to anatomic variations of the communicating branch between these nerves

J Peter W Don Griot, J Joris Hage, Peter J M De Groot

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The midline of the ring finger is classically considered as the neural watershed between the median and ulnar nerve sensory territories on the palmar surfaces of the fingers. Variations of this division exist and may be explained by a communicating branch between the third and fourth common digital nerves. The palmar sensibility patterns of fingers were assessed with Semmes Weinstein filaments after either a complete median or an ulnar nerve transection in 43 patients. Eight out of nine observed sensibility patterns could be explained by known anatomic types and subtypes of the communicating branch. The type of communicating branch, but not its subtype, could be established in the one remaining pattern.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)351-5
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery (American Volume)
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - Aug 2004


  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Child
  • Female
  • Fingers/innervation
  • Humans
  • Lacerations
  • Male
  • Median Nerve/anatomy & histology
  • Middle Aged
  • Sensory Thresholds/physiology
  • Touch/physiology
  • Ulnar Nerve/anatomy & histology

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