Radial collateral ligament of wrist joint

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Radial collateral ligament (wrist)
Ligaments of wrist. Anterior view. (Radial collateral visible at center left.)
From radial styloid process
To lateral scaphoid and trapezium
Latin ligamentum collaterale carpi radiale
TA A03.5.11.008
FMA 40006
Anatomical terminology

The radial collateral ligament (external lateral ligament, radial carpal collateral ligament) extends from the tip of the styloid process of the radius and attaches to the radial side of the scaphoid (formerly Navicular bone of the hand), immediately adjacent to its proximal articular surface and some fibres extend to the lateral side of the trapezium (greater multangular bone).

It is in relation with the radial artery, which separates the ligament from the tendons of the Abductor pollicis longus and Extensor pollicis brevis.

The radial collateral ligament's role is to limit ulnar deviation at the wrist.


This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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