VCOM Research Day Program Book 2023

Medical Student Research Case Reports

12 “Lunate” Fracture in a Basketball Player

Kendyl Fahmy, Delmas Bolin, MD, PhD Corresponding author:

Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine-Virginia Campus Radford University

A 21-year-old female basketball player developed pain and swelling over the dorsal aspect of her left wrist after a fall on an outstretched hand. X-rays were obtained and a “lunate fracture” was identified. Further review of the images demonstrated no “lunate” bone. Instead, the patient had a carpal coalition. Carpal coalitions are rare radiographic findings with implications for diagnosis and treatment. We present the initial and follow up images, the patient’s course and discuss the clinical implications of these rare findings.

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