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Dorsal Ulnocarpal Ligament
Connective Tissue

Dorsal Ulnocarpal Ligament

Ligamentum ulnocarpeum dorsale

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Anatomical Relations

The dorsal ulnocarpal ligament is an extrinsic ligament on the dorsal aspect of the wrist joint. It attaches proximally to the styloid process of the distal ulna and extends distally to the triquetrum (Schünke et al., 2006).

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


The dorsal ulnocarpal ligament strengthens the articular capsule of the radiocarpal joint (Schünke et al., 2006).


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.

Schünke, M., Ross, L. M., Schulte, E., Lamperti, E. D., Schumacher, U., Rude, J., Voll, M., Telger, T. C. and Wesker, K. (2006) Thieme Atlas of Anatomy: General Anatomy and Musculoskeletal System. Thieme Atlas of Anatomy: Thieme.

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