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Sportverletz Sportschaden. 2006 Jun;20(2):91-5.

[Avascular necrosis of the capitate in athletes].

[Article in German]

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Landeskrankenhaus Klagenfurt, Osterreich.


The possibility of osteonecrosis of the carpal bones should always be considered when athletes present with pain of unknown origin in the hand and wrist, in particular, if they are participating in sports such as gymnastics or weight-lifting that involve extreme loading of the wrist with axial compression and microtrauma. This sort of extreme loading of the wrist combined with a constitutionally "weak" blood supply to the individual carpal bones may lead to the formation of osteo-necrotic zones. A treatment method that can produce excellent results, depending on the pathomorphology, is available in the form of vascularized bone grafting.

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