Radial Styloid Process
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Radial Styloid Process
Radial styloid process
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Anatomical terms of bone

The radial styloid process is a projection of bone on the lateral surface of the distal radius bone.


The radial styloid process is found on the lateral surface of the distal radius bone.[1] It extends obliquely downward into a strong, conical projection. The tendon of the brachioradialis attaches at its base.[2] The radial collateral ligament of the wrist attaches at its apex. The lateral surface is marked by a flat groove for the tendons of the abductor pollicis longus and extensor pollicis brevis.

Clinical significance

Breakage of the radius at the radial styloid is known as a Chauffeur's fracture; it is typically caused by compression of the scaphoid bone of the hand against the styloid.

De Quervain syndrome causes pain over the styloid process of the radius.[3][4] This is due to the passage of the inflamed extensor pollicis brevis tendon and abductor pollicis longus tendon around it.[4][5]

The styloid process of the radius is a useful landmark during arthroscopic resection of the scaphoid bone.[6]

A prominent styloid process of the radius makes applying a wrist splint more difficult.[7]


This article incorporates text in the public domain from page 220 of the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

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