Madelung's Deformity

Also known as: Madelung deformity

What is Madelung's deformity?

Madelung's deformity is a condition where the wrist joint is not properly aligned such that the hand develops a deviation over time.


What causes Madelung's deformity?

The cause of Madelung's deformity isn’t exactly clear. It appears to be due to a genetic mutation. This may occur as an isolated deformity of as a part of an underlying syndrome. An abnormal growth plate or thickened ligament may cause the malalignment to occur.


What are the symptoms of Madelung's deformity?

The malalignment of the wrist joint is visible, and it can cause pain and decreased range of motion.


What are Madelung's deformity care options?

Minor cases of Madelung's deformity do not require treatment. In more severe cases, surgery to correct the deformity may be necessary.

Reviewed by: Scott J Schoenleber, MD

This page was last updated on: 10/12/2017 4:55:26 PM

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