The occasional scaphoid cast

Brock, Gordon; Tarambikos, Alex
October 2003
Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine;Fall2003, Vol. 8 Issue 4, p263
Academic Journal
The common cause of a scaphoid fracture is a fall onto the outstretched hand, involving a forced dorsiflexion and radial deviation. A scaphoid fracture is usually treated with a carefully molded, shortarm cast that includes the proximal phalanx of the thumb, worn for six to twelve weeks. As is well known to most rural physicians, this fracture is prone to complications, including avascular necrosis, non-union and post-traumatic osteoarthritis. The article provides procedure of the treatment of scaphoid fracture along with photographs.


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