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LETTER TO EDITOR
Year : 2021  |  Volume : 70  |  Issue : 4  |  Page : 264-265

The extensor digitorum profundus muscle – An attractive term, but is it appropriate for describing the human hand?


1 Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, University Hospital Queen Giovanna-ISUL, Medical University of Sofia, Sofia, Bulgaria
2 Department of Anatomical Sciences, St. George's University, Grenada, Caribbean; Department of Neurosurgery; Department of Neurology; Structural and Cellular Biology, Tulane University School of Medicine, New Orleans, Louisiana, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Georgi P Georgiev
Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, University Hospital Queen Giovanna – ISUL, Medical University of Sofia, 8, Bialo More Str., BG 1527 Sofia
Bulgaria
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None


DOI: 10.4103/jasi.jasi_278_20

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In general, when a particular term in medicine is used, it should be correct and precise. Human anatomy is an old science and has developed over the years with various and numerous terms and classifications being used. Their role is to present and summarize the described findings, simply and understandably, not only to the anatomist but also to the clinicians. The goal of our comments is to present our point of view about a term, used for a variant hand muscle, called the extensor digitorum profundus; it was first mentioned in the hands of primates but since has been used by some to describe human anatomy. We discuss why such use of the term in humans is incorrect and should be limited to various animals.


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