Ulnar Clubhand Workup

Updated: Apr 20, 2018
  • Author: Minoo Patel, MBBS, PhD, MS, FRACS; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Workup

Imaging Studies

Serial radiographic evaluation of the elbow, forearm, wrist, and hand can be useful in assessing the degree and course of the aplasia. [16]

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) can be used to delineate noncalcified tissues such as the fibrocartilaginous anlage. This modality is also useful for studying the joint surfaces in the largely unossified cartilaginous articulations.

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Other Tests

All affected patients should undergo a detailed evaluation by a hand and upper limb therapist to assess hand function. Ongoing evaluation during treatment is important to avoid restriction of hand and elbow function. In addition, appropriate genetic evaluation and counseling for individuals with syndromic ulnar aplasia is important in certain instances.

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