Extensor pollicis longus muscle

Last revised by Henry Knipe on 8 May 2023

Extensor pollicis longus (EPL) muscle is a muscle of the deep compartment in the posterior compartment of the forearm. It passes through the 3rd extensor compartment of the wrist, then continues laterally towards the thumb around Lister's tubercle. The tendon of EPL defines the ulnar border of the anatomical snuffbox. It is one of the extrinsic muscles of the hand.


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