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Arthrocentesis: carpus

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Introduction

Uses

  • To aspirate a sample of synovial fluid from the carpus as an ancillary aid to the diagnosis of the pathology of the joint Arthrocentesis: overview.
  • The carpal joint comprises of the antebrachiocarpal, middle carpal and carpometacarpal joints. The antebrachiocarpal joint is generally chosen for arthrocentesis as the carpometacarpal is very difficult to access.
  • Carpometacarpal and middle intercarpal joints communicate, so sampling from either will give information on both joints.
  • See arthrocentesis overview Arthrocentesis: overview , for all details except procedure.

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