What is the role of arthroscopy in the workup of ulnar-sided wrist pain?

Updated: Nov 22, 2019
  • Author: David M Lichtman, MD; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Arthroscopy requires specialized training and an understanding of the detailed anatomy of the wrist. [35] Wrist arthroscopy can be used to confirm a diagnosis that is suggested by findings from other diagnostic modalities, or for the primary diagnosis of ulnar wrist pain of unknown etiology. Many consider this modality to be the criterion standard for the diagnosis of intra-articular pathology. [43]

In addition to diagnostic indications, arthroscopy has therapeutic applications. Arthroscopy is used in the treatment of ulnar abutment, TFCC defects, [44] interosseous ligament tears, chondral defects, loose bodies, synovitis, and degenerative arthritis. The standard indications for wrist arthroscopy are continuing to evolve.


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