Comparative assessment of fingertip replantation in paediatric and adult patients within a single institution.

Özdemir F. D. M. , Uzun H., Özdemir E., Aksu A. E.

The Journal of hand surgery, European volume, 2021 (Peer-Reviewed Journal) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
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  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.1177/17531934211002476
  • Journal Name: The Journal of hand surgery, European volume
  • Journal Indexes: Science Citation Index Expanded, Scopus, EMBASE, MEDLINE
  • Keywords: Fingertip, replantation, children, nail base, ZONE I, VENOUS ANASTOMOSES, SURVIVAL, TAMAI, REVASCULARIZATION, MANAGEMENT, ARTERY


The purpose of this retrospective study was to compare the outcomes of paediatric and adult fingertip replantation within a single institution. Our retrospective study found no significant difference in the survival rate between the paediatric (10/12) and adult (22/26) groups. At 6 months follow-up, there was no significant difference in sensory recovery between both groups, as measured with Semmes-Weinstein testing, but a significant difference in mean static two-point discrimination testing values between the paediatric (4.0 mm) and adult (6.2 mm) groups. Moreover, the mean time for regaining sensation was faster in paediatric patients (1.3 months) as compared with adult patients (4.1 months). Five children and four adults received erythrocyte transfusion. Paediatric fingertip replantation has similar survival rates, faster and better sensory nerve recovery as compared with adults despite a higher erythrocyte transfusion rate. Although technically demanding, paediatric fingertip replantation is recommended, whenever possible, because of the good outcomes achievable.