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Forum Name: Bone trauma and fractures

Question: untreated carpal tunnel/tendonitis cause Kienbock's disease?

 llf0977 - Mon Jun 21, 2010 6:34 pm

Can swelling from untreated carpal tunnel or tendonitis restrict the blood flow to the lunate bone resulting in Keinbock's disease?
 Tom Plamondon PA-C - Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:06 pm

User avatar Hello,
About 20% of people have only volar source of blood supply to the lunate bone.
Restriction of this blood supply can result from severe hyperextension injury or dislocation.(*)

Carpal Tunnel Syndrome is due from repetitive hand use with the hand in more of a flexed position/posture. It should not compromise the blood supply to the lunate.

* Reference: Wheeless Textbook of Orthopedics

Take care.
 llf0977 - Wed Jun 23, 2010 9:45 pm

Thank you for the information.

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