Carpal Fractures (Excluding Scaphoid)

  • Carlos Heras-Palou
Part of the In Clinical Practice book series (ICP)


Fractures of the carpal bones can present in isolation or as part of a more extensive ligamentous and osseous injury. When assessing a patient with a wrist injury, it is important to clinically examine the whole wrist and to look for associated injuries in every case of carpal fracture.

A high level of clinical suspicion is necessary for their diagnosis. Taking an accurate history of the injury, carrying out a clinical examination looking for the area of tenderness and obtaining appropriate radiographs and sectional imaging (CT or MRI) are required in order to make a decision on optimum management.


Lunate Triquetrum Trapezium Trapezoid Hamate Capitate 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Carlos Heras-Palou
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  1. 1.Pulvertaft Hand Centre, Royal Derby HospitalDerbyUK

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