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Wrist FAQ

Question:

Who first discovered Kienbock's disease, and what causes it?

Answer:

This disease was identified by an Austrian radiologist nearly a century ago. Kienbock's disease affects the lunate, a small, crescent-shaped bone in the wrist. The bone deteriorates from a lack of blood supply. This leads to a condition called avascular necrosis, which literally means the bone is dead or dying.



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