Executive Editor: Chris Colton

Authors: Matej Kastelec, Renato Fricker, Fiesky Nuñez, Terry Axelrod

Carpal bones - Scaphoid proximal pole

General considerations

Scaphoid fractures are the most common carpal fractures, about which debate continues. There are a number of unanswered questions, concerning such issues as scaphoid vascularity, anatomy, clinical and radiological diagnosis, and treatment options.

Displaced scaphoid fractures have a high incidence of nonunion and/or malunion. They often require long periods of cast immobilization to achieve union. A nonunion will result in an osteoarthritis of the wrist.

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