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Optimal management of scapholunate ligament injuries

Authors Konopka G, Chim H

Received 29 August 2017

Accepted for publication 8 May 2018

Published 6 August 2018 Volume 2018:10 Pages 41—54


Checked for plagiarism Yes

Review by Single anonymous peer review

Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Clark Hung

Geoffrey Konopka,1 Harvey Chim2

1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, McGovern Medical School, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX, USA; 2Division of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, University of Florida College of Medicine, Gainesville, FL, USA

Abstract: Scapholunate ligament (SLL) injuries are a common cause of wrist pain and instability. Treatment of SLL injuries requires intricate understanding of wrist anatomy and biomechanics. Mindful physical exam and appropriate diagnostic studies can orient the surgeon to the defined stage of injury. Review of the literature on each treatment by stage can prepare the upper extremity surgeon to provide the best evidence-based care. The optimal management of SLL injuries should result in a stable, painless wrist.

Keywords: scapholunate ligament, wrist instability, wrist trauma, carpal dissociation, carpal instability, SLAC wrist

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