Triquetral fractures—a retrospective, multi-centre study of management and outcomes

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Alyse Hopkins
Sebastian RA Bowman
Angelo P Preketes
Michael B Dowd


Wrist, triquetrum bone, bone fractures, radiography, computed x-ray topography


Introduction: This study examines triquetral fracture data from six hospital centres between 2009 and 2018. The study focuses on elements of triquetral fracture management within these six centres, outlining common fracture patterns, the short-term and long-term outcomes and the common mechanisms of injury. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the largest cohort of triquetral fractures studied to date and outlines investigation recommendations for improved identification of these fractures.

Methods: Data was obtained by reviewing the charts of patients presenting to emergency departments within the Nepean and Blue Mountains local health district of New South Wales, Australia. (Nepean Hospital ethics approval no: NBM18/805)

Results: Triquetral fractures can be hard to identify with radiography and can be commonly mistaken as lunate fractures.12 Our results indicate that 18.9 per cent of patients required CT imaging to correctly diagnose triquetral fracture.

Conclusion: Where there are ongoing symptoms and a high clinical suspicion of a triquetral fracture, CT may be indicated and, in future practice, may be justified as a first line imaging modality. This study also demonstrates that short arm-wrist immobilsing casts are an effective option for managing triquetral fractures.


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