Capitate and Lunate Morphology in Normal Wrist Radiographs-A Pilot Study

Author(s): Ronit Wollstein*, Roee Rubinstein, Scott Friedlander, Frederick Werner

Journal Name: Current Rheumatology Reviews

Volume 16 , Issue 3 , 2020

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Background: Morphology may provide the basis for the understanding of wrist mechanics.

Methods: We used classification systems based on cadaver dissection of lunate and capitate types to evaluate a normal database of 70 wrist radiographs in 35 subjects looking for associations between bone shapes. Kappa statistics and a log-linear mixed -effects model with a random intercept were used.

Results: There were 39 type-1, 31 type- 2 lunates, 50 spherical, 10 flat and 10 V-shaped capitates. There was a significant difference in lunate and capitate shape between the hands of the same individual p <0.001. This may be due to different loads on the dominant vs. nondominant hands in the same individual.

Conclusion: Further study to better understand the development of radiographic parameters of the midcarpal joint may aid in our understanding of the morphology and mechanics of the wrist.

Keywords: Capitate, lunate, mid carpal joint, morphology, radiographs, shape.

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Year: 2020
Published on: 22 September, 2020
Page: [210 - 214]
Pages: 5
DOI: 10.2174/1573397115666181205165642
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