Recognition and treatment of uncommon carpal fractures

J. M. Failla, P. C. Amadio

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Fractures of the trapezial ridge, hamate hook, and pisiform are often due to isolated, direct injury, but other carpal bone fractures are seldom isolated injuries. Midcarpal fractures should stimulate a search for associated perilunate injury; distal carpal row fractures suggest carpometacarpal fracture-dislocations or subluxations. Crush injury with fracture of the hamate, triquetrum, or trapezium may indicate an axial subluxation of the ulnar or radial carpus. Bone scans can be useful as a screening tool. Diagnosis will often require special radiographic techniques such as tomography. Carpal bone fractures are usually intra-articular, and treatment should be aimed at restoring joint congruity. Small extra-articular fractures and injuries to the pisiform can be successfully treated with excision.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)469-476
Number of pages8
JournalHand Clinics
Issue number3
StatePublished - Dec 1 1988

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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