Kienböck disease

Case contributed by Mohammadtaghi Niknejad


Atraumatic wrist pain.

Patient Data

Age: 35 years
Gender: Male

Deformity and sclerosis of the lunate bone is present. There is also slightly negative ulnar variance.


Same patient after radial shortening to correct negative ulnar variance.

Case Discussion

Deformity and sclerosis of the lunate bone is compatible with Kienbock disease which is a type of the avascular necrosis.There is a significant association between negative ulnar variance and Kienbock disease, although the majority of people with negative ulnar variance do not have the condition.

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