Perilunate Dislocation

  • Laurent ObertEmail author
  • Francois Loisel
  • Daniel Lepage


Perilunate dislocation of the carpus is defined as loss of contact between the capitate and the lunate; it accounts for 5–10% of all carpal injuries. These dislocations follow multiple trauma in 10% of cases and always result from high-energy injuries, when the wrist is more or less locked in hyperextension (motorcycle handlebars) or resulting from falls from a height. In this chapter tips and tricks of reduction and fixation of these injuries are discussed.

Further Reading

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  4. Obert L, Loisel F, Jardin E, Gasse N, Lepage D. High-energy injuries of the wrist. Orthop Traumatol Surg Res. 2016;102:S81–93.Google Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Orthopedic, Traumatology, and Hand Surgery UnitUniversity Hospital CHRU Besancon, Medical School, University of Bourgogne - Franche Comte, Research Unit: Nano MedicineBesanconFrance

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