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Arch Hand Microsurg. 2019 Mar;24(1):63-67. Korean. Case Report. https://doi.org/10.12790/ahm.2019.24.1.63
Yang S , Yoon SH , Kim SH , Kwon SM , Kim JP .
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Dankook University College of Medicine, Cheonan, Korea. kimjp@dankook.ac.kr
Abstract

Spontaneous rupture of the extensor pollicis longus (EPL) tendon can occur in the 3rd extensor compartment after a distal radius fracture involving Lister's tubercle, steroid injections, or rheumatoid arthritis. We report a case of spontaneous rupture of the EPL tendon in a 26-year-old male patient who played a rhythm game, which requires repetitive wrist motions to play the drums. We also provide a comprehensive literature review along with the case report. From the authors' point of view, excessive and repetitive motion of the wrist, as shown in our case, can be a potential cause of spontaneous rupture of the EPL tendon.

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