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Is tfcc a injury to the ligaments or to the cartilage?

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Dr. Edward Hellman
Orthopedic Surgery 30 years experience
Cartilage: The CC in TFCC stand for cartilagenous complex, although when you injure the TFCC you can injure ligaments in the wrist as well.
Dr. Warren Everett
Specializes in Family Medicine
Cartilage: however that does not preclud an additiional ligament injury
Dr. Jeffrey Wint
Hand Surgery 36 years experience
TFCC is both: It is a carticalginous strucutre that blends into ligmants. That is why it has "fibro" like a ligament. "cartilage" and COMPLEX in its name. THe central disc part is cartilage that cushions but it has a thickened vascular rim that provdde ligamenteouis like structure, the ulnar ligmanets of hte wrsit and the tendin sheath of the ecu blend into this. Think of a sail with supports, rigging

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