Scaphoid Fractures
The scaphoid is the most commonly ...

Scaphoid Fractures

The scaphoid is the most commonly fractured carpal bone. Remember, if a fracture is suspected (tenderness to the anatomic snuffbox) but not seen on x-ray, the patient still needs to be sent home in a thumb spica splint. Here's a quick summary.

• Most common carpal bone fracture 

• Complications 

    • Avascular necrosis: most commonly affects proximal portion as a result of arterial supply to the scaphoid entering distally 

    • Nonunion or malunion: associated with missed fractures that are inadequately immobilized 

    • Both lead to carpal instability and osteoarthritis 

• Mechanism: Fall onto outstretched hand 

• Exam: Tenderness to anatomic snuffbox, pain with supination 

• Possible associated injuries: Scapholunate dissociation, perilunate dislocation 

• ED Management: Pain control, immobilize 

• Splint: Thumb spica 

• Ortho consult: No (unless displaced mm, proximal pole fracture, associated scapholunate dissociation) 

• Disposition: Discharge — if known fracture, follow-up with Orthopedics within 1 week; if suspected fracture, follow-up with PCP or orthopedics in 2 weeks for repeat x-rays 

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Dr. Gerald Diaz
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