Electrophysiological Verification of the Ulnar to Median Nerve Communications in the Hand and Forearm

Itaru Kimura, D. Ram Ayyar, Susan M. Lippmann

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Kimura, I., Ayyar, D.R. and Lippmann, S.M. Electrophysiological Verification of the Ulnar to Median Nerve Communications in the Hand and Forearm. Tohoku J. exp. Med., 1983, 141 (3), 269-274-----One hundred and fifty upper extremities of 85 unselected subjects were studied. Supramaximal nerve stimulation of the median and ulnar nerves at the wrist and elbow was used and the compound muscle action potentials (CMAPs) from the abductor pollicis brevis (APB) muscle were recorded. The ulnar to median nerve communication in the hand - Riche-Cannieu anastomosis - was detected in 125 out of 150 hands (83.3%). The ulnar to median nerve communication in the forearm was demonstrated in only two out of 150 extremities (1.3%). The mean ulnar nerve innervation ratio (UNIR) in the APB was 27.6±16.4% (mean±S.D.). In the American black population, this UNIR percentage was statistically smaller than in the American Caucasian or hispanic population (p<0.05).------------ Riche-Cannieu anastomosis; median nerve; ulnar nerve; abductor pollicis brevis; electrodiagnosis.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)269-274
Number of pages6
JournalThe Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Volume141
Issue number3
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1983

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