Kienböck’s disease

Ilana Langdon and Grey Giddins

in Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics

Second edition

Published on behalf of Oxford University Press

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780199550647
Published online April 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199608249 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Textbooks

Kienböck’s disease

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Uncommon but well recognised

Cause – avascular necrosis

Probably related to ulna positive variance

History and examination may be suggestive but rarely diagnostic

Radiographs or MRI are diagnostic

Treatment is non-operative or operative

Various operations are performed especially ulna shortening

Most patients do well even with poor radiographs.

Chapter.  2492 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery ; Rheumatology

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