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Hand Clin. 2000 Aug;16(3):381-95.

Management of acute scaphoid fractures.

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  • 1Department of Research and Education, Thomas A. Brady Clinic, Methodist Sports Medicine Center, Indianapolis, Indiana, USA.


Scaphoid fractures in the athlete present a dilemma to the treating clinician. Diagnosis of scaphoid fractures should be suspected in any athlete, especially those participating in contact sports, presenting with radial wrist pain. Appropriate imaging studies should be obtained to make a timely and complete diagnosis. Treatment alternatives for acute scaphoid fractures in the athlete include casting and staying out of sports, casting with use of a playing cast, and internal fixation. Displaced unstable fractures and proximal pole fractures should be treated by open reduction and internal fixation. Nondisplaced mid-third fractures are the most common type seen in the athlete. Alternatives of treatment should be carefully explained to the patients and family and the most appropriate treatment employed.

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