Patterns of triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) injury associated with severely dorsally displaced extra-articular distal radius fractures
2012 (English)In: Injury, ISSN 0020-1383, E-ISSN 1879-0267, Vol. 43, no 6, 926-932 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Purpose: The aim of the study was to examine triangular fibrocartilage (TFCC) injury patterns associated with unstable, extra-articular dorsally displaced distal radius fractures.
Methods: Twenty adult patients with an Arbeitsgemeinschaft für Osteosynthesefragen (AO), type A2 or A3, distal radius fracture with an initial dorsal angulation greater than 20° were included. Nine had a tip fracture (distal to the base) of the ulnar styloid and 11 had no such fracture. They were all openly explored from an ulnopalmar approach and TFCC injuries were documented. Eleven patients also underwent arthroscopy and intra-articular pathology was recorded.
Results: All patients had TFCC lesions of varying severity, having an extensor carpi ulnaris subsheath avulsion in common. Eighteen out of 20 also displayed deep foveal radioulnar ligament lesions, with decreasingly dorsal fibres remaining. The extent of this foveal injury could not be appreciated by radiocarpal arthroscopy.
Conclusions: Severe displacement of an extra-articular radius fracture suggests an ulnar-sided ligament injury to the TFCC. The observed lesions concur with findings in a previous cadaver study. The lesions follow a distinct pattern affecting both radioulnar as well as ulnocarpal stabilisers.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2012. Vol. 43, no 6, 926-932 p.
Distal radius fractures; Triangular fibrocartilage complex; Wrist injury; Pathomechanisms; Injury patterns
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-67921DOI: 10.1016/j.injury.2012.02.013ISI: 000304045100045OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-67921DiVA: diva2:414231
On the day of the defence date the title of this article was TFCC-injuries associated with severely displaced Colles’ fractures: a clinical study.
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