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Carpometacarpal bossing

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Carpometacarpal bossing

Carpometacarpal bossing or Metacarpal is a small, immovable mass of bone on the back of the wrist. The mass occurs in one of the joints between the carpus and metacarpus of the hand, called the carpometacarpal joints, where a small immovable protuberance[1] occurs when this joint becomes swollen or bossed.

Clinical significance

The carpometacarpal joint is usually found at the base of the second and third metacarpal bones at the point where they meet the small bones of the wrist.[2] This condition can result in sensitivity in the immediate area and/or an unsightly bulge on the back of the hand. In most cases, the boss does not result in any injury or further problems, but in some cases, the patient may feel pain, aching, or even possibly a slight lack of mobility in the wrist joint.[3] Often, this condition will be mistaken for a ganglion cyst due to its location and external appearance.

A carpometacarpal boss may exist from birth or may be the result of a trauma or injury in the affected area. There are also indications that those with careers involving repetitive movements in the hands and fingers may develop this condition. Typically, this condition will begin to show itself in the 3rd or 4th decade.

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External links

  • Carpometacarpal Boss (includes diagrams)
  • Orthopedics - Bossing
  • Carpal Boss: An Overview of Radiographic Evaluation
  • The Internet Journal of Orthopedic Surgery
  • Electronic Doctor
  • eMedicine from WebMD

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