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Prevalence of Triangular Fibrocartilage Complex Abnormalities among Asymptomatic Young Individuals Using Magnetic Resonance Imaging in A Tertiary Center in Saudi Arabia: A Cross-Sectional Study

This study aims to detect and evaluate abnormalities and injuries of triangular fibrocartilage complex (TFCC) using 3.0 T high-resolution MRI. It also determines its efficacy among young asymptomatic individuals. This is a cross sectional exploratory study with a sample size of 30 (21 women and 9 men). None of the volunteers showed signs for previous wrist injuries. Details of TFCC morphology were determined using MRI images for dominant wrist. Analysis of locations for tear or degeneration or any characteristics was also performed. An incomplete or partial tear was presented by 5 volunteers (all women) whereas degeneration or complete tear was absent. Besides, 25 volunteers showed an intact ligament including all men. Prevalence of incidental TFCC is found to be less insignificant. The fact that participants showed less prevalence of asymptomatic abnormalities can be related to their young age. Close correlation of the findings with physical examination and history of individuals is required.


Rayan Fairag, Hiba Alshareef, Abdullah Alharbi, Bushra Alhajjaji , Khalid khashoggi, Amre Hamdi

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