Houston Methodist. Leading Medicine

Hand FAQ

Question:

My niece was diagnosed with carpal boss. I've heard of carpal tunnel, but not carpal boss. What is that?

Answer:

Carpal boss is a condition that affects the wrist, just as carpal tunnel does. However, carpal boss does not involve the tunnel that protects the nerve that runs from the arm to the wrist. Instead, carpal boss is a growth that is found in the joint between the first long bone of the finger and the wrist. This can be caused by either a degeneration of the joint or trauma to the area. Carpal boss causes pain and swelling to the wrist and if it interferes with daily activities, surgery to remove the growth is the usual treatment. John T. Capo, MD, Nathaniel S. Orillaza, MD, Philip K. Lim, BS. Carpal Boss in an Adolescent: Case Report. In Journal of Hand Surgery. Dec. 2009. Vol. 34. No. 10. Pp. 1808 to 1810.

*Disclaimer:* The information contained herein is compiled from a variety of sources. It may not be complete or timely. It does not cover all diseases, physical conditions, ailments or treatments. The information should NOT be used in place of visit with your healthcare provider, nor should you disregard the advice of your health care provider because of any information you read in this topic.
All content provided by eORTHOPOD® is a registered trademark of Medical Multimedia Group, L.L.C.. Content is the sole property of Medical Multimedia Group, LLC and used herein by permission.

Our Specialties

Where Does It Hurt?

Our Locations

  Follow Us

Follow us on Facebook Follow us on YouTube
Follow us on Twitter