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Rupture of a flexor pollicis longus repair in a body builder through the use of an electronic muscle stimulator
  1. A Ansari,
  2. K W D R Ramsey,
  3. D C Floyd
  1. Department of Plastic Surgery, University College London Hospital, London NW1 2BU, UK
  1. Correspondence to:
 Department of Plastic Surgery, University College London Hospital, 235 Euston Road, London NW1 2BU, UK; a.ansari{at}


Involvement of tendons in hand lacerations is common, and immediate treatment involves exploration and primary repair. A programme of protected rehabilitation to allow healing and prevent rupture must follow. An unusual case is reported of tendon rupture in a body builder caused by use of an electronic muscle stimulator. Body builders should be warned about this mode of rupture, which has not been previously reported, during their rehabilitation.

  • Kessler technique
  • rehabilitation
  • body builder
  • weight training
  • flexor pollicis longus

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  • Published Online First 15 September 2006

  • Competing interests: None.