Management of Kienbock Disease by Radial shortening

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Shahab ud Din
Shahid Hussain
Sikandar Hayat


Kienbock's disease is a vascular necrosis of the carpal lunate, which is first described by Rober Kienbock. Litchman classified this diseae in four stages. All the stages need surgical intervention except acute phase of the disease. Statistically kienbock's disease has relation with negative ulnar variance. In this study ten patients, (5 patients of stage II and III each) all were negative ulnar variance. All were treated with radial shorting. All patients improved wrist pain (78%), rangeof movements improved (88%), grip strength (75%) and radio logically (80%). I recommend radial shorting procedure for stage II and III patients.

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Din S ud, Hussain S, Hayat S. Management of Kienbock Disease by Radial shortening. J Postgrad Med Inst [Internet]. 2011 Sep. 21 [cited 2022 Nov. 30];15(1). Available from:
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