Dorsal wrist mass: the carpal boss.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The carpal boss is an osseous overgrowth that is occasionally mistaken for a ganglion cyst. This report highlights the case a 36-year-old patient who was originally diagnosed by his primary care physician with a ganglion cyst and was sent to an orthopaedist for aspiration. Upon further evaluation with a plain radiograph, the dorsal wrist mass was found to be a carpal boss. The patient was treated with rest and a wrist brace, and was informed that a corticosteroid injection or surgical excision would be necessary if conservative treatment failed. The patient was asymptomatic on follow-up and invasive procedures were not necessary.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Boggess, B; Berkoff, D

Published Date

  • February 23, 2011

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 2011 /

PubMed ID

  • 22707539

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC3062813

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1757-790X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1136/bcr.01.2011.3695


  • eng

Conference Location

  • England