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Wheeless' Textbook of Orthopaedics

Dorsal Intercalated Segment Instability: (DISI)



- See:
      - Carpal Instability
      - Kinematics of the Wrist

- Discussion:
    - lunate will tend to flex w/ loss of ulnar ligamentous support from the triquetrum;
    - lunate extends when there is loss of radial ligamentous stability;
    - DISI may arise as a result of:
          - scaphoid frx;
          - scapho-lunate dissociation;
          - perilunate dislocation (esp trans-scaphoid perilunate dislocation);
    - end result may be SLAC wrist;

- Radiographic Analysis:
    - on lateral x-rays, when lunate slips into statically dorsiflexed position > 10 deg, condition is defned as DISI;
    - similarly, when lunate lies palmar to capitate but faces dorsally, collapse pattern is also consistent w/ dorsiflexion instability;
    - DISI deformity is also present when the scapholunate angle is greater than 70 deg;
    - when diagnosising this condition, be sure that the lateral radiograph was taken w/ proper technique and that the wrist is not dorsiflexed



Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 3:20 pm