Dorsal interossei of the hand

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For the muscles of the foot, see Dorsal interossei muscles (foot).
Dorsal interossei of the hand
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The Interossei dorsales of left hand.
Latin musculi interossei dorsales manus
Gray's subject #126 464
Origin metacarpals
Insertion    proximal phalanges
Artery: Dorsal metacarpal artery and palmar metacarpal artery
Nerve: deep branch of ulnar nerve
Action: abduct finger
Antagonist: Palmar interossei muscles
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The dorsal interossei of the hand are muscles that occupy the space between the metacarpals.

Structure

There are four dorsal interossei in each hand. They are specified as 'dorsal' to contrast them with the palmar interossei, which are located on the anterior side of the metacarpals.

The dorsal interosseous muscles are bipennate, with each muscle arising by two heads from the adjacent sides of the metacarpal bones, but more extensively from the metacarpal bone of the finger into which the muscle is inserted. They are inserted into the bases of the proximal phalanges and into the extensor expansion of the corresponding extensor digitorum tendon. The middle digit has two dorsal interossei insert onto it while the first digit (thumb) and the fifth digit (little finger) have none.

# Origin Insertion
first on the radial side of the second metacarpal and the proximal half of the ulnar side of the first metacarpal on the radial side of the base of the second proximal phalanx (index finger) and the extensor expansion
second on the radial side of the third metacarpal and the ulnar side of the second metacarpal on the radial side of the third proximal phalanx (the middle finger) and the extensor expansion
third on the radial side of the fourth metacarpal and the ulnar side of the third metacarpal on the ulnar side of the third proximal phalanx (the middle finger) and the extensor expansion
fourth on the radial side of the fifth metacarpal and the ulnar side of the fourth metacarpal on the ulnar side of the fourth proximal phalanx (the ring finger) and the extensor expansion

The first dorsal interosseous muscle is larger than the others. Between its two heads, the radial artery passes from the back of the hand into the palm.

Between the heads of dorsal interossei two, three, and four, a perforating branch from the deep palmar arch is transmitted. (The radial artery is transmitted between the heads of the first dorsal interosseous muscle.)

Innervation

All interosseous muscles of the hand are innervated by the deep branch of the ulnar nerve.

Actions

The dorsal interosseous muscles function to abduct the fingers away from the middle finger. This is in contrast to the palmar interossei, which adduct the fingers. This is often remembered by the mnemonic 'DAB PAD', short for "Dorsal ABducts, Palmar ADducts". The interossei also assist the lumbricals.

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