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 language||English (US)|
|Number of pages||8|
|State||Published - Dec 1 1988|
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine