Lunate Fractures

  • Nick G. Lasanianos
  • Konstantinos J. Doudoulakis


Fractures of the lunate are very rare representing only 1.3 % of all the carpal bones fractures. In 1987 Teisen published a review of 17 patients with fresh fractures of the lunate. The fractures were classified according to their radiological appearances on the lateral and anteroposterior views and according to the vascular anatomy of the Lunate [1] (Fig. 25.1).


Radiological Appearance Transverse Fracture Anteroposterior View Fresh Fracture Chip Fracture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nick G. Lasanianos
    • 1
  • Konstantinos J. Doudoulakis
    • 2
  1. 1.Academic Department of Trauma and Orthopaedics, School of MedicineUniversity of LeedsLeedsUK
  2. 2.Department of Trauma and OrthopaedicsImperial College Healthcare NHS TrustLondonUK

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