Stener Lesion Differential Diagnoses

Updated: Aug 11, 2021
  • Author: Joseph P Rectenwald, MD; Chief Editor: Harris Gellman, MD  more...
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Diagnostic Considerations

Early diagnosis of an acute Stener lesion is important, in that repair of the ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) is more difficult when treatment is delayed longer than 3 weeks. More complex ligament reconstruction procedures (eg, adductor tendon advancement and arthrodesis) may be necessary when treatment of an acute UCL injury is delayed. Long-term instability may lead to traumatic degenerative joint disease and could necessitate arthrodesis for definitive treatment. [7]