Article Type

Original Study


Objectives The aim of this work was to show the value of MRI in evaluation of patients suffering from wrist pain. Background Wrist pain is a common clinical complaint. The most common causes of wrist pain are traumatic and nontraumatic abnormalities involving avascular necrosis, ganglia, and triangular fibrocartilage lesions. MRI serves as a problem-solving technique to assess the cause of wrist pain. It also plays an important prognostic role. Materials and methods This study was conducted on 50 patients complaining of wrist pain. The patients were referred to the Radiology Department from the outpatient clinics and the Orthopedics Department of Menoufia University Hospital. All patients were examined by radiography and conventional MRI. Data of soft tissue and osseous lesions were collected, analyzed, and correlated with findings on laboratory and arthroscopic examination. Results There were 32 male patients and 18 female patients; their ages ranged between 17 and 60 years (mean age, 38 years). The most affected age group was between 20 and 40 years (60%). Avascular necrosis was the commonest nontraumatic lesion found in 10 patients (26%). Conclusion MRI has a marked impact on the diagnosis and assessment of variety of wrist disorders. It is noninvasive and ideal modality to demonstrate the complex anatomy and pathological conditions of the wrist.