Triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) tear

Case contributed by Dr Bahman Rasuli


Wrist pain, swelling and immobility.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Male

Advanced degenerative changes as cartilage thinning and loss associated with subchondral edema and cystic changes are seen at radiocarpal and ulnocarpal as well as proximal row of the wrist bones.

Marginal osteophyte formation also is seen at the distal part of the radius and ulna bones.

TFCC tearing is associated with the fluid signal at the distal radioulnar joint.

The fluid signal also is seen around the flexor carpi radialis tendon related to tenosynovitis.


Case Discussion

Although osteoarthritis of the wrist is routinely diagnosed using plain film, a thorough assessment of TFCC, tendons, and cartilage injuries using MR imaging or MR arthrogram remains necessary before any surgical procedure.

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Case information

rID: 63964
Published: 2nd Nov 2018
Last edited: 2nd Nov 2018
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: Jame Jam Imaging Center

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