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In Russia and in post-Soviet countries tendon Cuneo suture is still widely known and is applied in clinical practice because of its strength and simplicity. One can find its sketch alongwith the sketches of Rozov and Kozakov sutures in most Russian handbooks on operative surgery. In foreign Uterature, however, this term is never used, and the authorship of the technique is attributed to S. Bunnell. According to the original source, the tendon suture technique suggested by S. Bunnell is different from that of B. Cuneo. Likewise, Cuneo tendon suture cannot be appUed with the use of tendon forceps, as suggested by S. Bunnell. Besides, to confirm proper use of B. Cuneo’s name in the case of the tendon suture in question, we cite an adapted translation of a certain paper by B. Cuneo and A. TaUhefer, devoted to a case study where the authors used suture of flexor tendon of little finger. We also provide historical background, concerning some interesting facts and people relevant to the topic.

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D. G. Nakonechny

Vreden Russian Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics

Author for correspondence.

Dmitrii G. Nakonechny — Cand. Sci. (Med.), head of the Trauma and Orthopedic Department 

St. Petersburg


Russian Federation

A. N. Kiseleva

Vreden Russian Research Institute of Traumatology and Orthopedics


Anna N. Kiseleva — orthopaedic surgeon 

St. Petersburg

Russian Federation

A. Cambon-Binder

Saint Antoine Hospital


Adeline Cambon-Binder — orthopaedic surgeon, hand surgeon 




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