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Anatomic Snuff Box

(See also: DeQuervain's Disease, Differential Diagnosis)


  • snuff box is depression within the borders formed by EPB & EPL;
  • distal border is formed by prominent edge of base of first metacarpal & proximal border is formed by styloid process of the radius;
  • lies just dorsal and distal to the radial stylid process;
  • radial border of snuff box is composed of APL & EPB tendons which pass over radial styloid process & etch groove on its lateral aspect;
  • ulnar border of snuff box is EPL tendon & floor of scaphoid bone;
  • occasionally deep branch of radial artery is palpable where it crosses the scaphoid bone;
    • termainal branches of superficial radial nerve are also palpable where they cross EPL tendon;
  • terminal branches of the musculocutaneous nerve and the radial nerve, as well as the radial artery, crosses the snuff box;
  • floor consists of the dorsal tubercle of the trapezium, as well as portion of the dorsal surface of th scaphoid tubercle

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