Lunate bone morphology and its association with kienböck’s disease

Peter Charles Rhee, Steven L. Moran

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The etiology of Kienböck’s disease has yet to be determined. Several previous investigators have suggested that the shape of the lunate may predispose to the development of Kienböck’s disease. Lunate shape and morphology have been classified by overall size, dorsal and volar articular surface height, as well as proximal and distal articular surface shape. Variations in shape can be associated with aberrant ligamentous connections and irregular bony trabecular framework. In addition, lunate morphology can influence carpal kinematics with associated alterations in transmitted load through the carpus. As such, lunate morphology may affect the pathogenesis and management of Kienböck’s disease.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationKienbock's Disease
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances in Diagnosis and Treatment
PublisherSpringer International Publishing
Number of pages8
ISBN (Electronic)9783319342269
ISBN (Print)9783319342245
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016


  • Avascular necrosis of the lunate
  • Carpal kinematics
  • Kienböck’s disease
  • Lunate morphology
  • Type I lunate
  • Type II lunate

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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