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Dorsal Radiocarpal Ligament (Left)
Connective Tissue

Dorsal Radiocarpal Ligament (Left)

Ligamentum radiocarpeum dorsale

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Anatomical Relations

The dorsal radiocarpal ligament is considered an extrinsic ligament of the wrist joint. It passes obliquely from the posterior border of the distal radius to the dorsal surfaces of the triquetrum and lunate carpal bones and mingles with the dorsal intercarpal ligaments.

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The dorsal radiocarpal ligament is a strong, fibrous band and is composed of deep and superficial components. The oblique nature of the ligament ensures that the hand follows the radius during pronation of the forearm (Moore et al., 2013).


The dorsal radiocarpal ligament strengthens the articular capsule of the radiocarpal joint.


Moore, K. L., Dalley, A. F. and Agur, A. M. R. (2013) Clinically Oriented Anatomy. Clinically Oriented Anatomy 7th edn.: Wolters Kluwer Health/Lippincott Williams & Wilkins.

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