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Impact load on the triangular fibrocartilage of the wrist: a cadaver study.
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PMID:  11922725     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to study the role of the triangular fibrocartilage of the wrist in attenuating and transmitting axial force on the ulnar side of the wrist. DESIGN: Ten biopsies from the triangular fibrocartilage of fresh cadaver wrists were subjected to repetitive axial load during 4 h under reproducible conditions. Another five biopsies were subjected to a higher load and for a longer compression time. Finally, five biopsies were compressed at a (three times) higher compression rate. The amount of force transmitted and attenuated as well as the loaded deformation was measured. RESULTS: From the first experiment we concluded that 53% of the axial force was attenuated. More force was attenuated (61%) if the axial load was increased but still kept within the physiological boundaries. However, increasing the compression rate beyond the physiological boundaries showed that only very little force is attenuated (11.2%). CONCLUSION: The triangular fibrocartilage of the wrist has an important force attenuating function and should not be easily resected.
Arnold H Schuurman; John M G Kauer
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of surgical research     Volume:  103     ISSN:  0022-4804     ISO Abbreviation:  J. Surg. Res.     Publication Date:  2002 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2002-03-29     Completed Date:  2002-05-09     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0376340     Medline TA:  J Surg Res     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  129-33     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Plastic, Reconstructive, and Hand Surgery, University Medical Center, Utrecht, 3508GA, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Aged, 80 and over
Cartilage / physiology*
Compressive Strength
Middle Aged

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