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J Hand Surg Br. 1999 Oct;24(5):586-90.

The prognostic value and reproducibility of the radiological features of the fractured scaphoid.

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Department of Trauma and Orthopaedic Surgery, Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham, UK.

Abstract

We investigated whether the radiological features of the fractured scaphoid could be reproducibly measured and used to predict the likelihood of union with conservative plaster cast immobilization. We found that the inter- and intra-observer reproducibility of the Compson, Herbert and Russe classification systems were only fair and that none predicted fracture union. Assessments of fracture level, comminution and displacement showed moderate inter- and intra-observer reproducibility but did not predict the likelihood of fracture union. We conclude that the radiological features of acute scaphoid fractures cannot be used to predict the likelihood of fracture union.

PMID:
10597938
DOI:
10.1054/jhsb.1999.0197
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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