Wrist Fractures: The wrist is comprised of eight individual bones that connect the bones of the forearm to the bones of the hand. A scaphoid fracture (a fracture of the scaphoid bone) is the most common type of wrist fracture. Scaphoid fractures usually cause pain at the base of the thumb and are accompanied by swelling in the same area. Treatment of scaphoid fractures is guided by the location in the bone of the fracture, displacement (or instability) of the fracture, and patient tolerance for cast immobilization. Avascular necrosis (AVN) is a common complication of a scaphoid fracture. The risk of experiencing AVN depends on the location of the fracture.
- Fractures in the proximal 1/3 of the bone have a high incidence of AVN (~30%)
- Fractures in the middle 1/3 of the bone are the most frequent fracture site and have a moderate risk of AVN.
- Fractures in the distal 1/3 of the bone are rarely complicated by AVN.
Non-union can also occur from undiagnosed or undertreated scaphoid fractures.
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