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Injuries of the scapholunate ligament in children

Alt, Volker; Gasnier, Jacky; Sicre, Gérard

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B: September 2004 - Volume 13 - Issue 5 - p 326-329
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Wrist arthroscopy was performed in three children (9, 11 and 12 years old) after persisting pain over the dorsal scapholunate region and revealed intraligamentous tear of the scapholunate ligament in two cases and its avulsion from the scaphoid border in one case. Open surgical repair of all lesions was performed after arthroscopy during the same session. After an average follow-up of 2.4 years all patients were pain free and resumed all sports activities. This study shows that different kind of injuries can occur to the scapholunate ligament in the skeletally immature carpus. Surgical repair leads to good results.

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, C.H.G. Sarrebourg, Sarrebourg, France

Correspondence and requests for reprints to Dr med Volker Alt, Sonnenhalde 1, D-74336 Brackenheim, Germany

E-mail: volkeralt@hotmail.com

© 2004 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.