The Role of Wrist Arthroscopy in Kienbock Disease

Simon MacLean, Karim Kantar, Gregory Bain, David Litchman

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    Robert Kienbock, an Austrian radiologist, was the first to report on “Malacia of the Lunate,” attributing a traumatic etiology to the disease.1Management of Kienbock disease (KD) has traditionally been based on radiologic findings as classified by Lichtman and colleagues.2Arthroscopy in KD has been previously described and has become a vital tool in the assessment and management of the disease.3–6Bain and colleagues7–9developed a pathoanatomical model of the disease, presenting a biomechanical and vascular theory for the development of KD. By correlating the osseous, vascular, and chondral status of the lunate and wrist, a new algorithm for treatment has been established.7–9This article highlights the diagnostic and therapeutic roles of wrist arthroscopy in the patient with KD.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)727-734
    Number of pages8
    Issue number4
    Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


    • Arthroscopy
    • Avascular necrosis
    • Classification
    • Kienbock disease
    • Wrist


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