Acute and Chronic Derangement of the Distal Radioulnar Joint Associated with Distal Radius Fracture

  • Diego L. Fernandez
  • Jesse B. Jupiter


The association of acute distal radioulnar joint instability with distal radius fractures was initially recognized and described by Colles in 1814.21 Despite this early description, its management remains controversial up to the present.4,71,98,102 This is even more surprising in that the incidence and pathoanatomy of associated lesions of the triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC), with or without fracture of the ulnar styloid, have been well documented clinically and arthroscopically2,6,8,14,15,17,19,20,27,28,33,36,38, 39, 40, 41,43,45,47,54,56,63,64,69,73,75, 76, 77,80,82,85,96,98 and experimentally reproduced.49,51,53,79,81,90,93


Distal Radius Distal Radius Fracture Ulnar Styloid Distal Ulna Forearm Rotation 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Diego L. Fernandez
    • 1
    • 2
  • Jesse B. Jupiter
    • 3
    • 4
  1. 1.Orthopaedic SurgeryUniversity of BernBern
  2. 2.Orthopaedic DepartmentLindenhof Hospital BernBernSwitzerland
  3. 3.Orthopaedic Surgery Harvard Medical SchoolUSA
  4. 4.Orthopaedic Hand ServiceMassachusetts General HospitalBostonUSA

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