This site is intended for healthcare professionals

Go to /sign-in page

You can view 5 more pages before signing in

Kienbock's disease

Last reviewed dd mmm yyyy. Last edited dd mmm yyyy

Authoring team

Kienbock's disease occurs when the lunate bone develops patchy necrosis after acute or chronic injury.

The patient is usually a young adult who complains of an aching and stiff wrist. On examination, there is localised tenderness on the centre of the wrist dorsum. There may be a limitation of wrist extension.

Radiology will be normal at first. In later disease there will be increased bone density of the lunate. In late disease the bone will look squashed and irregular. This condition is often associated with a slightly short ulna (negative ulnar variance).

Treatment: in early disease an osteotomy of the radius may be performed so as to take pressure off the lunate and prevent bone collapse. In later disease other options such as a wrist arthrodesis may be considered.

Create an account to add page annotations

Add information to this page that would be handy to have on hand during a consultation, such as a web address or phone number. This information will always be displayed when you visit this page

The content herein is provided for informational purposes and does not replace the need to apply professional clinical judgement when diagnosing or treating any medical condition. A licensed medical practitioner should be consulted for diagnosis and treatment of any and all medical conditions.


Copyright 2024 Oxbridge Solutions Limited, a subsidiary of OmniaMed Communications Limited. All rights reserved. Any distribution or duplication of the information contained herein is strictly prohibited. Oxbridge Solutions receives funding from advertising but maintains editorial independence.