Current Rheumatology Reviews

Dr. Serena Guiducci  
Department of Biomedicine, Division of Rheumatology
University of Florence


Limited Carpal Arthrodeses for the Treatment of Wrist Osteoarthritis

Author(s): Philippe Saffar.


The five main etiologies of wrist osteoarthritis are: a) Scapholunate instability leading to Scapholunate advanced collapse (SLAC) b) Scaphoid nonunion leading to Scaphoid Nonunion Advanced Collapse (SNAC) c) Distal radius intra-articular malunion d) Kienböck stage IV e) Chondrocalcinosis. The two last diseases are not post-traumatic. We discuss the advancement of arthritis in different stages, and the possibilities of limited carpal arthrodesis to fuse the joints involved in arthritis, taking care to preserve the intact joints. This retains a certain amount of motion at the wrist. It is always better to avoid total wrist arthrodesis which is less and less performed, due to the good long-term results of limited carpal arthrodeses.

Keywords: Carpus, wrist, limited carpal arthrodesis, SLAC, SNAC, distal radius, Intra-articular malunion

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Article Details

Year: 2012
Page: [269 - 277]
Pages: 9
DOI: 10.2174/157339712805077096
Price: $58