Cross-sectional changes of the distal carpal tunnel with simulated carpal bone rotation

David Jordan, Zong Ming Li

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This study simulated the cross-sectional changes in the distal carpal tunnel resulting from inward rotations of the hamate and trapezium. Rotations which decreased the carpal arch width, increased the carpal arch area. For example, simultaneous rotation of 5 degrees around the hamate and trapezium centroids decreased the carpal arch width by 1.69 ± 0.17 mm and increased the carpal arch area by 6.83 ± 0.68 mm2. Although the bone arch area decreased, decompression of the median nerve would likely occur due to the adjacent location of the nerve near the transverse carpal ligament.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1599-1607
Number of pages9
JournalComputer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
Issue number14
StatePublished - 2022
Externally publishedYes


  • Wrist
  • hamate
  • rotation
  • simulation
  • trapezium

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Bioengineering
  • Biomedical Engineering
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Science Applications


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