Complex carpal malformation without a cause

Ronald Swanger, Christyna Faulkner, Catherine Maldjian, Iris Schlesinger, Richard Magillb, Brighita Weinbergc

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Carpal dislocation is an uncommon event. We present a 4-year-old male child who had the clinical appearance of a Madelung's deformity; however, he failed to fulfill the radiological criteria for a Madelung's deformity. The carpal bones had not yet ossified making it difficult to arrive at a diagnosis using radiograph alone. Magnetic resonance imaging was diagnostic because of the ability to delineate the carpal cartilaginous ossification centers. Chronic wrist dislocation should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a long-standing wrist deformity that clinically resembles a Madelung's deformity in a young child. J Pediatr Orthop B 18:302-303.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)302-303
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Pediatric Orthopaedics Part B
Issue number6
StatePublished - Nov 2009
Externally publishedYes


  • Chronic carpal dislocation
  • Madelung's deformity
  • Magnetic resonance imaging

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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