Location

Wrist

Diagnosis

Scapholunate dissociation

Discussion

Plain film of the wrist revealing subluxation of the scaphoid bone with obvious widening between the scaphoid and lunate carpal bones. Widening of the joint space between the scaphoid and lunate, seen with rotatory subluxation of the scaphoid space (scapholunate dislocation) is reminiscent of the gap between the teeth of the British comedian Terry Thomas. It has also been called the David Letterman sign or the Lauren Hutton sign (all people with a gap between their two front teeth.) It is an important sign to recognize, since it is a cause of chronic wrist pain and disability if left untreated.

Reference

Frankel VH.: The Terry-Thomas sign. Clin Orthop 1977 Nov-Dec;(129):321-2.

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