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Lunate and Perilunate Dislocations

Kannikeswaran, Nirupama MD; Sethuraman, Usha MD

doi: 10.1097/PEC.0b013e3181fe915b
Illustrative Cases

Lunate and perilunate dislocations are uncommon, but devastating carpal injuries, which, if unrecognized in the emergency department and not treated promptly, lead to a high incidence chronic wrist pain and long-term functional disability. In this case report, we will review the wrist joint anatomy as pertaining to these injuries, mechanism of injury, signs and symptoms, radiological findings, and treatment of such injuries.

From the Division of Emergency Medicine, Carman and Ann Adams Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI.

Reprints: Nirupama Kannikeswaran, MD, Division of Emergency Medicine, Carman and Ann Adams Department of Pediatrics, Children's Hospital of Michigan, Wayne State University, Detroit, MI 48201 (e-mail: nkannike@dmc.org).

© 2010 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.