MRI findings in bucket-handle tears of the triangular fibrocartilage complex

Jean Jose, Azael Arizpe, Carlos M. Barrera, Nisreen Shabbir Ezuddin, David Chen

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The triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) is an intricate ligamentous and cartilaginous structure that helps transmit axial load across the wrist, and provide stability to the ulnocarpal and distal radioulnar joints (DRUJ). Because the blood supply to the TFCC varies depending on location, certain types of tears are more amenable to surgical repair than others. Since Palmer proposed his classification system of TFCC tears in 1989, only 1 case of a “bucket-handle” type tear has been reported. In this article, we describe two new cases of bucket-handle tears of the TFCC. In both cases, the torn fragment was displaced into a previously undescribed location (intra-articular DRUJ and prestyloid recess). Because this type of injury pattern has not been previously well characterized in the literature and such cases rarely reported, MRI findings have not been fully described and its implications on clinical management have largely yet to be determined.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)419-424
Number of pages6
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number3
StatePublished - Mar 1 2018


  • Bucket-handle tear
  • Distal radioulnar joint
  • Palmer classification
  • Triangular fibrocartilage complex

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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