Scaphoid Fractures in Children
Hand Surgery Unit, Rambam Medical Center and Rappaport Faculty of Medicine, Israel Institute of Technology, Haifa
The scaphoid is the most common carpal bone fractured in adults. In children the fracture is distinctly uncommon. We present our experience with 23 children treated between 1987-1998, 19 of them with fractures in the distal third of the wrist; there were 11 avulsions, 4 waist fractures, and 12 were undisplaced. The mechanism of injury was a direct blow or a fall onto the outstretched hand. Immobilization in a plaster cast led to union in all except 1 case.
Based on our experience and study of the literature, it is evident that scaphoid fractures, although uncommon, do occur. Thorough clinical and radiological examination of children with a forearm or wrist injury is important in detecting such fractures.