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Extensor Tendon Compartments

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The extensor compartments of the wrist[1]
Extensor compartments of the wrist[2]

Other Names

  • Extensor Tendon Compartments of the Wrist
  • Dorsal Extensor Compartments of the Wrist

General Description

  • 6 Tunnels which transmit the extensor tendons of the forearm into the hand
  • Located on the dorsal wrist
  • Each tunnel is lined internally by a synovial sheath
  • The tunnels are separated from each other by a fibrous sheath

Compartment 1

Compartment 2

Compartment 3

Compartment 4

Compartment 5

Compartment 6

Clinical Significance

See Also


  1. Image courtesy of teachmeanatomy.info, "The Extensor Tendon Compartments of the Wrist"
  2. Image courtey of orthobullets.com, "Extensor Tendon Compartments"
  3. Kushal, R., et al. "MEng/De Quervain's disease." Eplasty 13 (2013): 52.
  4. Motoura H, Shiozaki K, Kawasaki K. Anatomical variations in the tendon sheath of the first compartment. Anat Sci Int. 2010 Sep;85(3):145–151. Epub December 29, 2009.
Created by:
John Kiel on 6 February 2024 17:04:25
Last edited:
6 February 2024 17:28:15