The extensor retinaculum of the wrist: an anatomical and biomechanical study

J Hand Surg Br. 1985 Feb;10(1):11-6. doi: 10.1016/s0266-7681(85)80006-1.


Through an anatomical and biochemical study, utilizing sixty-five cadaver specimens, the extensor retinaculum of the wrist was examined. It is a complex variable fibrous structure, whose functions are to prevent dorsal bowstringing of the extensor tendons and to prevent radial and ulnar displacement of extensor tendons. We recommend that a portion of the extensor retinaculum be preserved or reconstructed at the time of dorsal wrist surgery.

MeSH terms

  • Biomechanical Phenomena
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations / pathology
  • Ligaments, Articular / anatomy & histology*
  • Muscular Diseases / pathology
  • Tendons / pathology
  • Wrist Joint / anatomy & histology*