Artificial Tendons for War Injuries: Construction and Tissue Response,
BROOKE ARMY MEDICAL CENTER FORT SAM HOUSTON TEX ARMY INST OF SURGICAL RESEARCH
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Combat injuries to the hand often result in massive destruction of skin and soft tissue, bones, nerves, and tendons, necessitating many reconstructive procedures and a long convalescence. One of the most disabling injuries is destruction of the flexor tendons of the fingers, not amenable to conventional tendon surgery such as primary suture or delayed tendon grafting. The purpose of this study was to design artificial tendons for use in these injuries and to test their acceptance by the host.
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