Scaphoid fracture and its diagnosis

The scaphoid is one of the bones of the wrist. Its fracture occurs in falls on the extended hand, and is characterized by pain located in the radial area of the wrist, and more specifically in the area called “anatomical snuffbox.” This type of fracture can go unnoticed when there are no alterations in the radiographic images.

Improper treatment can lead to pseudoatrosis (non-repair of the fracture by keeping the two fragments separated) which leads to chronic pain and the appearance of degenerative joint phenomena (osteoarthritis). Recent studies have demonstrated the efficacy of the most modern imaging techniques to avoid this problem, having demonstrated both magnetic resonance imaging and CT (computerized axial tomography) its diagnostic value.

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