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.