Which instrument should we use to assess hand function after digital replantation?

Kamburoglu H. O., AKSU A. E., Sonmez E., Isci E. T., ŞAFAK T., Kecik A.

JOURNAL OF HAND SURGERY-EUROPEAN VOLUME, no.5, pp.392-395, 2011 (SCI-Expanded) identifier identifier identifier


The functional recovery of a replanted body part is as important as its viability. We compared four instruments frequently used for the evaluation of hand function after digital replantation. The functional results of 17 patients at least one year after replantation of a total digital amputation between 2004 and 2007 were evaluated according to the Tamai, Ipsen, Chen and Disabilities of the Arm, Shoulder and Hand questionnaires. Scores of each patient for each test were calculated and intra-individual comparisons were made. Correlation was significant at the 0.05 level (two tailed) for all tests. A high correlation (>0.71) was found between the Ipsen, Tamai and DASH tests. The Chen test had a moderate correlation with the other tests. We determined that Ipsen, Tamai and DASH tests have similar effectiveness in assessing hand function after replantation.