PERFORMING ARTS MEDICINE
A popular term for chronic tendinitis of the extensor pollicis longus–EPL tendon with tendon attenuation and, in extreme cases, rupture due to excess exertion, which is classically linked to repetitive motion injury in drummers. In the top image, the yellow arrow points to
an attenuated EPL tendon; the bottom image shows an empty, fluid-filled tendon sheath due to rupture.
Synonyms Drummer boy’s palsy, drummer’s paralysis, paralysie des tambours, Trommerlahmung
References Clin Orthop Relat Res. 1974;(103):93-4