Ortho Preferred Malpractice Insurance
Home » Joints » Wrist » Capitate



- See:
      - Blood Supply to the Wrist

- Exam of Capitate:
      - palpable immediately proximal to the base of the 3rd metacarpal;
      - w/ wrist is in neutral position, one may palpate a small depression in capitate;
       - w/ wrist is flexed depression rolls distally, & capitate slides out from under lunate to create a fullness where depression has been;

- Injury & Treatment:
    - because of capitate's protected position, isolzated injuries are rare;
    - mechanism of injury is dorsiflexion and slight radial deviation;
    - mid axial dorsiflexion forces frx of scaphoid initially, & then distal dorsal rim of radius strikes head of capitate, causing it to frx;
    - treatment requires ORIF of both scaphoid and capitate fractures

Chronic capitolunate instability

Notice: ob_end_flush(): failed to send buffer of zlib output compression (0) in /home/datatra1/wheelessonline.com/1wpkore1/wp-includes/functions.php on line 5349