Established scaphoid nonunion progressing to spontaneous union in a child

Jon V. Clarke, Sheala D. Ramjug, Steven J. Barnes

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Abstract

Scaphoid fractures in children are uncommon and account for approximately 0.38% of paediatric fractures. Prompt and adequate immobilisation in a scaphoid cast is necessary for successful treatment. Virtually all scaphoid fractures in children will unite with such conservative measures. We report a case of an established scaphoid nonunion in an 11-year-old child, which spontaneously united 2 years after the initial injury. There appear to be no similar cases in the literature. There is one reported case in an adult, but this represents a separate patient group which behaves differently due to skeletal maturity. This case highlights the importance of appropriate orthopaedic follow-up and radiological examination in a child with a clinical suspicion of a scaphoid fracture, in order to prevent progressive arthritis and nonunions warranting surgical intervention.
LanguageEnglish
Pages170-171
Number of pages2
JournalInjury Extra
Volume37
Issue number4
Early online date2 Dec 2005
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Apr 2006

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Keywords

  • scaphoid fractures
  • paediatric fractures
  • orthopaedics

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Clarke, Jon V. ; Ramjug, Sheala D. ; Barnes, Steven J. / Established scaphoid nonunion progressing to spontaneous union in a child. In: Injury Extra. 2006 ; Vol. 37, No. 4. pp. 170-171.
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