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Year : 2014  |  Volume : 3  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 41-44

Krukenberg operation: The "lobster claw" for traumatic amputation of the left hand

Department of Orthopaedics, NRI Medical College and General Hospital, Chinakakani, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh, India

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Surath Amarnath
Department of Orthopaedics, NRI Medical College and General Hospital, Chinakakani - 522 503, Guntur, Andhra Pradesh
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.128431

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We report a case of 28-year-old male patient who was run over by train, which resulted in above-elbow amputation on the right side and hand amputation on the left side. His financial status precluded the use of upper limb prosthesis. In this report, we evaluated the various aspects of the Krukenberg operation. The parameters were functionality, stereognosis, cosmesis, dominance, patient and societal acceptance. In our country interest in Krukenburg operation should be rekindled. Most of the surgeons neglected it favor of expensive prosthesis on grounds of unfamiliarity with the surgical procedure.

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