Imaging Case of the Week 70

These wrist x-rays are from a 43 year old with ulnar sided wrist pain following a fall on the outstretched left hand. What can you observe?

wrist x-ray 1

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wrist x-ray 2

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The oblique wrist x-ray shows a minimally displaced pisiform fracture. The x-rays taken are, in fact, scaphoid views. A pisiform fracture can be missed on standard frontal and lateral wrist views. The pisiform bone is best seen in the semi supinated oblique view.

Pisiform fracture

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Ulnar neuropathy is a rare complication as pisiform forms the medial border of the tunnel of Guyon which contains the ulnar artery and nerve.

If associated hamate/triquetral fractures are suspected, CT should be requested for further characterisation.

Treatment is conservative and involves a below elbow cast immobiliation and referral to a hand surgeon/orthopaedician.