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Clinical results of treatment of triangular fibrocartilage complex tears by arthroscopic debridement.

In order to determine indications for arthroscopic debridement and the management of triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) tears, we reviewed 16 wrists retrospectively. The mean patient age was 30 years, with a range of 20 to 53 years. The follow-up period averaged 35 months. Two groups were identified: post-traumatic tears (n = 11) and degenerative tears (n = 5). The results of arthroscopic debridement were compared and analyzed based on the preoperative and postoperative evaluation of pain, range of motion, grip strength, return to work, patient acceptance, and complications. Failures were further evaluated to determine identifiable lesions or anatomic defects associated with poor results. Patients with positive ulnar variance and lunotriquentral interosseous ligament tears had a poor clinical outcome. Good results correlated with grip strength; all patients with post-traumatic TFCC tears had excellent results, while those with degenerative TFCC tears did poorly.

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