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Hand Clin. 2010 Nov;26(4):477-83. doi: 10.1016/j.hcl.2010.05.001. Epub 2010 Jul 21.

Surgical approaches to the distal radioulnar joint.

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Institut Kaplan, Passeig de Bonanova, 9, 2on 2a, 08022 Barcelona, Spain.


For the distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ) to be stable, not only do the articulating surfaces need to be congruent and well aligned but also the capsule and ligaments need to be mechanically and sensorially competent. According to recent investigations, ligaments should not be regarded as simple static structures maintaining articular alignment but as complex arrangements of collagen fibers containing mechanoreceptors, which are able to generate neural reflexes aiming at a more efficient and a more definitive muscular stabilization. By careful planning and meticulous execution of surgical incisions to approach the DRUJ, the nerve endings innervating the capsule and DRUJ ligaments may be safeguarded, thus preserving the proprioceptive function of the joint.

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