Arthroscopically Assisted Treatment of Intraosseous Ganglions of the Lunate

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Intraosseous ganglia (IOGs) of the lunate are a relatively rare, but by no means insignificant, condition because treatment by traditional open curettage and bone grafting can lead to ongoing pain and stiffness of the wrist.An arthroscopically assisted minimally invasive technique of debridement and grafting of the lunate IOG is discussed, as well as the history of the condition, indications and contraindications, surgical technique with postoperative rehabilitation, and potential complications.The outcomes of 8 patients with persistent symptoms and typical radiographic and bone scan findings were assessed independently preoperatively and postoperatively by using a modified Green and O'Brien wrist score. The intraosseous cyst was drilled under arthroscopic and fluoroscopic guidance via either a volar or dorsal portal, depending on the position identified on the computed tomography scan. Average follow-up time was 3.8 years (range, 1-5.6 yrs). All patients returned to employment within 4 months. Wrist scores improved 34 points, from 51 to 85 points, by 1 year after surgery, with trabeculation being noted within the grafting lunate. The greatest improvements were seen in visual and analog pain scores, reducing from 68.3 to 11.2, and flexion-extension arcs, which increased from 98 to 114 degrees.The technique of arthroscopically assisted debridement of IOGs of the lunate is safe, with minimal morbidity and recurrence of symptoms during the follow-up period.

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