Palmar interossei muscles
|Palmar interossei muscles|
Three of the palmar interossei of the left hand, inferior view
|Origin||Sides of metacarpals facing midline|
|Insertion||Bases of proximal phalanges, extensor expansions|
|Artery||Palmar metacarpal artery of deep palmar arch|
|Nerve||Deep branch of ulnar nerve|
|Actions||Adduction, flexion and extension of fingers|
|Latin||Musculi interossei palmares|
|Anatomical terms of muscle|
In human anatomy, the palmar or volar interossei (interossei volares in older literature) are three small, unipennate muscles in the hand that lie between the metacarpal bones and are attached to the index, ring, and little fingers. They are smaller than the dorsal interossei of the hand.
Each of the palmar interossei originate along the shaft of the metacarpal bone of the digit on which they act. They are inserted into the base of the proximal phalanx and the extensor expansion of the extensor digitorum of the same digit.
Pollical palmar interosseous
The first palmar interosseous is located at the thumb's medial side. Passing between the first dorsal interossei and the oblique head of adductor pollicis, it is inserted on the base of the thumb's proximal phalanx together with adductor pollicis.
This muscle, the so-called pollical palmar interosseous muscle (PPIM), is present in more than 80% of individuals and was first described by Henle 1858. Its presence has been verified by numerous anatomists since, but others have either fail to mention it or considered it part of either adductor pollicis or flexor pollicis brevis. However, the deep head of the flexor pollicis brevis originate on the thumb's ulnar sesamoid bone and the oblique portion of the adductor pollicis on several carpal bones as well as the bases of the second and third metacarpal bones and not on the first metacarpal.
Central palmar interossei
The other three palmar interossei originate on the side of the metacarpal facing the hand's midline (ray of long finger); the second is attached to the medial side of the index finger; the third to the lateral side of the ring finger; and the fourth to the lateral side of the little finger. The tendons of these three muscles pass posterior to the deep transverse ligament before being inserted onto the extensor expansion.
The palmar interosseous muscles adduct the fingers towards the middle finger. This is in contrast to the dorsal interossei, which abduct the fingers away from the middle finger. In addition (like dorsal interossei) they flex the finger at the metacarpo-phalangeal joint and extend the finger at the interphalangeal joint and thus assist the lumbricals.
The palmar interossei, together with the dorsal interossei and the lumbricals, are active components of the finger's extensor mechanism. Fibers from some of the interossei contribute directly to the extensor hoods that wrap around the proximal phalanges while other fibers may contribute to the central tendon and lateral bands of the mechanism. All three intrinsic groups of muscles pass palmar to the axis of the metacarpophalangeal joints and therefore contribute to flexion there. Extension at the interphalangeal joints cannot be produced by the extensor digitorum alone, but active contraction of one of the three aforementioned intrinsic groups will because of their direct contribution to the extensor mechanism.
The pollical palmar interosseous (PPIM) is absent in non-human primates and probably is an autapomorphic muscle unique to the human thumb (together with flexor pollicis longus) which probably evolved from the oblique portion of adductor pollicis. In African apes, adductor pollicis is notably well-developed, with an origin on the carpus and its ligaments, and an insertion that has migrated distally, in some cases as far as the distal phalanx. The insertion of the PPIM into the extensor mechanism is likely to have evolved with tool usage in early hominids. As comparative anatomy studies of the human PPIM strongly suggest that the muscle is evolutionarily derived from the adductor pollicis, it has been proposed that PPIM should be designated by the name musculus adductor pollicis accessorius, which indicates that the muscle is most likely a de novo structure derived from the adductor pollicis.
- Interosseous muscles of the hand
- Interosseous muscles of the foot
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