Management of the Distal Radioulnar Joint and Ulnar Styloid Fracture

Douglas M. Sammer, Kevin C. Chung

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Fractures of the distal radius and ulnar styloid have the potential to disturb the normal function of the distal radioulnar joint (DRUJ), resulting in loss of motion, pain, arthritis, or instability. The DRUJ can be adversely affected by several mechanisms, including intra-articular injury with step-off, shortening, and angulation of an extra-articular fracture; injury to the radioulnar ligaments; ulnar styloid avulsion fracture; and injury of secondary soft tissue stabilizers. This article discusses the management of the DRUJ and ulnar styloid fracture in the presence of a distal radius fracture.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-206
Number of pages8
JournalHand clinics
Issue number2
StatePublished - May 2012


  • DRUJ
  • Distal radioulnar joint
  • Distal radius
  • Ulnar styloid

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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