How is joint aspiration (arthrocentesis) of the wrist performed?

Updated: Nov 06, 2018
  • Author: Steven N Berney, MD; Chief Editor: Vinod K Panchbhavi, MD, FACS  more...
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Answer

The wrist is held in a straight line with the forearm. A dimple is palpated dorsally over the radiocarpal joint, which provides the entry point for the needle. The needle is held perpendicular to the forearm and inserted dorsally. (See the image below.)

Approach to aspiration of the wrist joint. Approach to aspiration of the wrist joint.

For more information, see Wrist Arthrocentesis.


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