Eur J Plast Surg (2016) 39:429–434 DOI 10.1007/s00238-016-1217-3 ORIGINAL PAPER Three-dimensional soft tissue analysis of the hand: a novel method to investigate effects of acromegaly 1 2 2 Inge A. Hoevenaren & M. A. E. M. Wagenmakers & S. H. P. P. Roerink & 2 1 3 R. T. Netea-Maier & D. J. O. Ulrich & Thomas J. J. Maal Received: 17 April 2016 /Accepted: 13 June 2016 /Published online: 12 July 2016 The Author(s) 2016. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com Abstract control subjects, with a larger length and width of the hand (p = Background Acral overgrowth is a highly common clinical 0.0025, p = 0.0017, respectively). Furthermore, the diameters sign in patients with active acromegaly. To what extent this measured at the proximal interphalangeal (PIP) joints of the overgrowth persists after long-term remission of acromegaly individual fingers are larger in the acromegaly patients. is largely unknown. Using the new imaging technique of Conclusions Significant soft tissue overgrowth of the hand per- three-dimensional (3D) stereophotogrammetry, it is possible sists in former acromegaly patients, even after long-term remis- to accurately investigate soft tissue changes of the hand. The sion. Analysis of 3D hand photographs is
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Published: Jul 12, 2016
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