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The advent of the roentgenogram has added much to the knowledge of injuries of the wrist joint and has perhaps established the fact that dislocations are rare and that apparent dislocations are due to deformities produced by fracture in the region of the wrist joint.
While anterior and posterior dislocation of the wrist is met with, lateral dislocation is apparently rare. In a search of the literature we have not found a case of lateral radiocarpal dislocation. Charles Scudder, in a personal communication, stated that he did not recall having seen such a dislocation and considered it extremely rare. To his knowledge but two cases have been reported, both before the days of roentgen examination. One was recorded by F. H. Hamilton in his book "Fractures and Dislocations," published in 1884; the other was cited in the Bulletin de la Société de chirurgie de Paris in 1874. One was the
PACKARD RK, KIRSHBAUM JD. LATERAL DISLOCATION OF THE WRIST JOINT: REPORT OF A CASE OF RADIOCARPAL DISLOCATION OF THE RADIAL SIDE. Arch Surg. 1935;31(2):266–270. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1935.01180140094007
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