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What are the muscles called that are found on the dorsum of the hand?

The dorsal interosseous muscles.


Creases on the hand are found in places where the skin is firmly bound to the _______.



The deep fascia of the palm is continuous proximally with the ______ ______ (fascia of the forearm) and forms a thick fascia in the palm called the _______ ________ and in the digits called the ______ _______ ______.

antebrachial fascia. Thick part on palm is the palmar aponeurosis and on the digits it forms the fibrous digital sheaths.


How is the space in the palm divided anatomically?

Floor, two walls, roof


What forms the floor of the palm?

Interossei muscles (four dorsal and three palmar interossei muscles) + the adductor pollicis muscle of the thumb.


What is the action of the palmar interossei muscles? What is the action of the dorsal interossei muscles?

Palmar interossei: Adduction of the 2nd, 4th and 5th fingers.

Dorsal interossei: Abduction of the 2nd through 5th fingers.

PADs and DABs


The intrinsic muscles of the thumb (______ eminence) and little finger (________ eminence) form the walls of the palm.

Thumb: Thenar eminence
Little finger: Hypothenar eminence


How many muscles comprise each of the thenar and hypothenar eminences? Describe them.

Three each: An abductor, a flexor, and an opponens.

They are arranged alphabetically from superficial to deep.


Which nerve innervates the interossei muscles of the hand?

Ulnar nerve innervates all of them.


Where do the hypothenar and thenar muscles get innervation from?

Hypothenar: Ulnar nerve
Thenar: Recurrent branch of the median nerve


What is a Dupuytren's contracture?

Progressive fibrosis of the palmar aponeurosis that results in shortening and thickening of the fibrous bands, pulling the digits into flexion at the MP joints. Mostly affects the 4th and 5th digits.


What structure forms the roof of the carpal tunnel? Which structures does it span?

The flexor retinaculum (transverse carpal ligament). Spans the tubercles of the trapezium and scaphoid on the thumb side and the pisiform and hook of hamate on the little finger side.


Name five structures that do NOT run inside the carpal tunnel.

1. Ulnar nerve
2. Ulnar artery
3. Palmaris longus tendon
4. Palmar cutaneous branch of the median nerve
5. Flexor carpi radialis


What are the three divisions (groups) of the intrinsic muscles of the hand?

1. Thumb/thenar muscles in the thenar compartment.
2. Little finger/hypothenar muscles in the hypothenar compartment.
3. Lumbrical muscles in the central compartment and the interosseous muscles between the metacarpal bones.


Define thumb abduction.

Thumb abduction is movement away from the plane of the other fingers.


Which nerves innervate the intrinsic muscles of the hand?

Branches of the ulnar and median nerves.


Name the three thenar muscles. What is their action? What is their innervation?

Abductor pollicis brevis, flexor pollicis brevis, and opponens pollicis.

Responsible for opposition of the thumb.

Supplied by the recurrent branch of the median nerve.


The adductor pollicis is a fan-shaped muscle in the _____ compartment of the hand. It has two heads that are separated by a gap through which the ______ _______ passes. Its action is to: _____________________. It is innervated by the _______ nerve.

adductor compartment

radial artery passes through the gap

it adducts the thumb

ulnar nerve innervation


Does carpal tunnel syndrome affect cutaneous sensation of the palm of the hand? Explain why or why not.

No, the median nerve sends out the palmar cutaneous branch to the palm proximal to the carpal tunnel.


Fracture of the medial epicondyle, with subsequent claw hand (ring, little fingers are hyperextended at the MP joints and flexed at the PIP joint), loss of abduction and adduction of the digits and flexion at the MP joints, and wasted hyporthenar eminence due to paralysis of the adductor pollicis muscle suggests injury to which nerve?

Ulnar nerve


Name the three hypothenar muscles. What is their nerve supply?

1. Abductor digiti minimi
2. Flexor digiti minimi
3. Opponens digiti minimi

Deep motor branch of the ulnar nerve


Which nerves supply the lumbrical muscles?

Lumbricals 1 and 2 (index, middle fingers): Median nerve.

Lumbricals 3 and 4 (ring, little fingers): Deep branch of the ulnar nerve.


Through which structure do the long flexor tendons of the extrinsic muscles enter the hand?

Through the common synovial sheath deep to the flexor retinaculum in the carpal tunnel.


Which tendons (either from the flexor digitorum superficialis, or from the flexor digitorum profundus) split near the base of the proximal phalanxes?

Tendons from from the flexor digitorum superficialis splits and attaches to the margins of the middle phalanxes while the tendons from the flexor digitorum profundus passes under the tendons from the flexor digitorum superficialis to attach on the extensor expansion hoods at the base of the distal phalanxes.


What is tenosynovitis?

Infection of the synovial sheaths of the flexor tendons in the hand. Note that there may be variations in how the infections spread due to variations in the anatomy of synovial sheaths.


What is trigger finger?

It results from stenosing tenosynovitis or occurs when the flexor tendon develops a nodule or swelling that interferes with its gliding through the pulley, causing an audible clicking or snapping.


What is mallet finger?

A finger with permanent flexion of the distal phalanx due to avulsion of the extensor tendon to the distal phalynx.


What is a Boutonniere deformity?

A finger with abnormal flexion of the middle phalanx and hyperextension of the distal phalanx due to an avulsion of the central band of the extensor tendon to the middle phalanx or rheumatoid arthritis.


Which muscles in the hand are innervated by the median nerve?

The three thenar muscles and the first and second lumbricals.


What is Guyon's canal?

A tunnel in the hand in which the ulnar artery and nerve run through.


Name the two branches that the ulnar nerve gives off just proximal to the wrist.

1. Palmar cutaneous branch
2. Dorsal cutaneous branch


Which muscles in the hand are innervated by the deep branch of the ulnar nerve?

The hypothenar muscles, the medial two lumbrical muscles, the adductor pollicis and all the interosseous muscles.


Which hand muscles are innervated by the radial nerve?

None! haha!


The arterial supply of the hand is formed by two arterial _____: A superficial, and a deep arch.

arches - superficial and deep


Which artery forms the superficial palmar arch?

Which one forms the deep palmar arch?

Superficial palmar arch is formed from the ulnar artery.

Deep arch is formed from the radial artery.


From which palmar arch do the palmar digital arteries arise?

The superficial arch


"Horseshoe inflammation" of the palm of the hand most likely indicates infection of what?

Infection of the synovial fluid of the long flexor tendons.


What type of joint are the IP joints?

Ginglimus (hinge) joints


What type of joint are the MCP joints?

Condyloid joints - almost like a ball and socket


What type of joint is the CMC joint of the thumb?

Saddle joint


What type of joints are the CMC joints of fingers 2-5?

Arthroradial (sliding) joints


What is a ganglion cyst?

A synovial cyst - swelling above a joint.


Which nerve is damaged if you can't make an "A-OK" sign with your hand?

The anterior interosseous nerve (branch of median)


How many muscles control the thumb? Name them.

1. Abductor pollicis brevis
2. Flexor pollicis brevis
3. Opponens brevis
4. Adductor pollicis

1. Abductor pollicis longus
2. Extensor pollicis brevis
3. Extensor pollicis longus
4. Flexor pollicis longus