The effect of dorsal carpal ganglion excision on the scaphoid shift test

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Abstract

A clinical and radiographic review was performed on 18 patients (19 wrists) with dorsal carpal ganglia and associated positive scaphoid shift test. All patients underwent excision of the ganglion followed by 2 weeks of postoperative immobilization with the wrist in 20° extension. All patients had wrist pain, a painful clunk on the Watson scaphoid shift test, localized tenderness on palpation of the scapholunate articulation and normal radiographs. Patients were assessed postoperatively by questionnaire and physical examination. Improved functional activity and decreased pain were noted in all patients. In 17 of 19 wrists, the positive preoperative Watson scaphoid shift test become negative. We believe that dorsal wrist ganglia are frequently associated with a positive scaphoid shift test and that excision of the ganglion followed by 2 weeks immobilization may lead to resolution of the signs and symptoms of instability, at least in the short term.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)106-108
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Hand Surgery (British and European Volume)
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 1999

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