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Ulnar Artery Reconstruction With LCFA Graft for Hypothenar Hammer Syndrome

Zachary S. Gala, BSE; Haripriya Ayyala, MD; Stephen L. Viviano, MD; Ashley Ignatiuk, MD, MSc, FRCSC

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ePlasty. 2020;20(e10) 

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Case Description

A 62-year-old right-hand-dominant man presented with "few years" history of progressively worsening symptoms along the right fourth and fifth fingers, which included pallor, discoloration, pain, paresthesia, "pins and needles," skin lesions, and ulcerations (that had since healed at surgical evaluation appointment). Magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) showed a 2- to 3-cm segmental occlusion at Guyon's canal and an incomplete superficial arch. After failed conservative management, operative intervention was planned. The authors performed a right-sided ulnar artery reconstruction with a lateral femoral circumflex artery (LCFA) arterial graft and sympathetctomy. Intraoperative indocyanine green (ICG) imaging revealed a larger area of stenosis previously unseen on the preoperative MRA scan. This resulted in the need for a larger incision, diseased artery segmental excision, and ultimately a larger LCFA graft. Since the pathologic segment was larger than previously thought, this enabled a more adequate surgical intervention that otherwise would have been insufficient based on MRA alone. Microsurgical anastomosis was performed, and ICG imaging revealed patent vessels.

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Supplementary Figure S1 (Figure 1): Diseased segment of the right (R) ulnar artery

Figure 1.

Diseased segment of the right (R) ulnar artery

Supplementary Figure S2 (Figure 2): Intraoperative SPY showing diseased segment of ulnar artery

Figure 2.

Intraoperative SPY showing diseased segment of ulnar artery

Supplementary Figure S3 (Figure 3): LCFA isolation and graft preparation

Figure 3.

LCFA isolation and graft preparation

Supplementary Figure S4 (Figure 4): Repaired segment of right (R) ulnar artery with LCFA graft in-place).

Figure 4.

Repaired segment of right (R) ulnar artery with LCFA graft in-place).

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