Radiographic progression to dorsal intercalated segment instability

Orthopedics. 1996 Aug;19(8):691-5. doi: 10.3928/0147-7447-19960801-18.


We present a case of an acute hyper-extension wrist injury that progressed from normal carpal alignment to dorsal intercalated segment instability over a short period of time. Disruption of the scapholunate interosseous and radioscapholunate ligaments was proven arthroscopically, while the intercapsular ligaments were demonstrated to be intact. We have shown that lunate malalignment can occur over time, as secondary lunate ligamentous supports attenuate under abnormal carpal kinetics.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls*
  • Adult
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Joint Instability / diagnostic imaging
  • Joint Instability / etiology
  • Joint Instability / surgery*
  • Ligaments, Articular / pathology
  • Ligaments, Articular / surgery*
  • Radiography
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Wrist Injuries / complications*
  • Wrist Injuries / diagnostic imaging
  • Wrist Injuries / therapy
  • Wrist Joint / diagnostic imaging*
  • Wrist Joint / surgery