Volar Perilunate Dislocation: A Case Report and Review of the Literature
B Youssef*, S.C Deshmukh*
Identifiers and Pagination:Year: 2008
First Page: 57
Last Page: 58
Publisher Id: TOORTHJ-2-57
Article History:Received Date: 18/3/2008
Revision Received Date: 26/3/2008
Acceptance Date: 31/3/2008
Electronic publication date: 11/4/2008
Collection year: 2008
open-access license: This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.5/), which permits unrestrictive use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
Perilunate dislocations, lunate dislocations and perilunate fracture dislocations are rare injuries comprising of less than 10% of all wrist injuries. Volar peri-lunate dislocations (VPLDs) account for less than 3% of perilunate dislocations. These severe carpal injuries occur after high-energy trauma to the wrist and falls on the outstretched hand. We present a case of a missed VPLD who developed parasthesia in the distribution of the median nerve 18 months after the initial injury. A plain film radiograph revealed a stage II VPLD. Nerve conduction studies confirmed compression of the median nerve at the carpal tunnel. VPLDs are extremely rare injuries. A quarter of perilunate dislocations are missed on initial presentation. The outcome is poor for missed injuries and this patient is aware that a wrist fusion may be required in the future for to treat symptoms.