Kienbock’s Disease

Causes, Symptoms, Risk Factors, Complications, Diagnosis and Treatment

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What are the symptoms of Kienbock’s Disease?

Symptoms of this rare disease include: 

  • Chronic pain
  • Swelling
  • Limited range of motion
  • Decreased grip 
  • Tenderness 

What are the risk factors of Kienbock’s Disease?

Risk factors involved in Kienböck’s disease are:

  • Differences in the length and shape of your forearm bone: If the ulna (the long bone in the forearm) is shorter than the radial bone, it may exert pressure on the lunate which may lead to Kienböck’s disease.
  • Only one blood vessel supplying blood: Normally, people have two blood vessels supplying blood to the lunate. Having only one blood vessel performing that function can lead to this disease.
  • Lupus: It is a long-term autoimmune disease and in this condition, the immune system becomes hyperactive and attacks normal, healthy tissues. Lupus is often associated with Kienböck’s disease.

Kienbock’s Disease: Symptoms, Risk Factors and Complications

What are the complications of Kienbock’s Disease?

Some common complications that occur due to Kienböck’s disease include:

  • Scapholunate dissociation: It is also known as rotary subluxation of the scaphoid. It is an abnormal orientation of the scaphoid, relative to the lunate, and implies severe injury to the scapholunate interosseous ligament and other stabilizing ligaments. 
  • Sickle cell anemia: Sickle cell anemia is an inherited red blood cell disorder. In this disorder, there are not enough healthy red blood cells in the blood that can carry oxygen throughout the body.
  • Cerebral palsy: It is a group of disorders that affect movement and or posture. It’s caused by damage that occurs to the immature brain. 
  • Everything You Should Know About Kienbock’s Disease. Healthline. Available at: https://www.healthline.com/health/kienbocks-disease Accessed on June 5, 2020.
  • Kienböck’s Disease. OrthoInfo. Available at: https://orthoinfo.aaos.org/en/diseases–conditions/kienbocks-disease/ Accessed on June 5, 2020.
  • Kienböck’s Disease: What you need to know. Medical News Today. Available at: https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/264720 Accessed on June 5, 2020.
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