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Indian J Orthop. 2019 Nov-Dec;53(6):769-775. doi: 10.4103/ortho.IJOrtho_92_19.

Comparison of Magnetic Resonance Arthrography and Wrist Arthroscopy in the Evaluation of Chronic Wrist Pain in Indian Population.

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1
Department of Orthopaedics, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.
2
Department of Radiodiagnosis, All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India.

Abstract

Background:

The purpose of our study was to compare magnetic resonance arthrography (MRA) as a diagnostic modality against the gold standard of wrist arthroscopy in the evaluation of chronic wrist pain.

Materials and Methods:

Thirty three patients with chronic wrist pain suspected to have ligament injuries of the wrist were prospectively recruited. They underwent MRA examinations followed by wrist arthroscopy. Arthroscopic findings were compared with radiological findings focusing on three important structures - triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC), scapholunate ligament (SLL), and lunotriquetral ligament (LTL).

Results:

For the 17 patients with TFCC tears/perforations on arthroscopy, MRA gave a sensitivity (SEN) = 88%, specificity (SPE) = 87.5%, positive predictive value (PPV) = 88%, and negative predictive value (NPV) = 87.5%. For the 13 patients with SLL tears on arthroscopy, MRA gave SEN = 77%, SPE = 100%, PPV = 100%, and NPV = 87%. For the 7 patients with LTL tears on arthroscopy, MRA gave SEN = 29%, SPE = 100%, PPV = 100%, and NPV = 84%. A composite correlation between findings on MRA and wrist arthroscopy revealed an overall SEN = 73%, SPE = 96%, PPV = 93%, and NPV = 85% for MRA, with overall accuracy = 88%.

Conclusions:

The presented diagnostic results of MRA are superior to those of magnetic resonance imaging quoted in literature. MRA is a potent tool for evaluating chronic wrist pain but tends to miss lesions of intrinsic carpal ligaments (SLL and LTL) more than TFCC. Wrist arthroscopy may be recommended when the clinical suspicion is strong.

KEYWORDS:

Lunotriquetral ligament; scapholunate ligament; triangular fibrocartilage complex; wrist arthroscopy; wrist pain

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