Scaphoid fracture

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    • Scaphoid fracture
      • it is more common in young adults but rare in children and in elderly people. (MCQ)
      • Commonly, the fracture occurs through the waist of the scaphoid(MCQ)
      • Clinical vignette:
        • Pain and swelling over the radial aspect of the wrist following a fall on an out-stretched hand, in an adult, should make one suspect strongly the possibility of a scaphoid fracture.(MCQ)
        • On examination, one may be able to elicit tenderness in the scaphoid fossa* (anatomical snuff box). (MCQ)
        • A force transmitted along the axis of second metacarpal may produce pain in the region of the scaphoid bone.(MCQ)
      • Radiological features:
        • X ray views to see scaphoid fracture
          • oblique view of the wrist(MCQ)
          • antero-posterior view
          • lateral view
        • What is next step in management in a clinically suspected case of scaphoid fracture if the fracture is not seen on X Ray ? (A high yield MCQ in PG Medical entrance)
          • If a fracture is strongly suspected, X-rays should be repeated after 2 weeks
          • Sometimes, it is just a crack fracture and is not visible on initial X-rays.
          • If no fracture is seen even at 2 weeks, no further treatment is required.
      • Treatment
          • The treatment of a scaphoid fracture is essentially conservative
          • The affected hand is immobilised in a scaphoid cast for 3-4 months. (MCQ)
          • Scaphoid cast:
            • This is a cast extending from below the elbow to the metacarpal heads, includes the thumb, up to the inter-phalangeal joint. (MCQ)
            • The "wrist is maintained in a little dorsiflexion and radial deviation (glass holding position).(MCQ)
          • In widely displaced fractures, open reduction and internal fixation using a special compression screw (Herbert’s screw) is required(MCQ)
        • Complications
          • Avascular necrosis:
            • In fractures through the waist, there is high probability of the proximal fragment becoming avascular(MCQ)
            • The patient complains of pain and weakness of the wrist
            • On the X-ray one finds non-union of the fracture with sclerosis and crushing of the proximal pole of the scaphoid.
            • Treatment:
              • If the patient is symptomatic, the avascular segment of the bone is excised
              • In some cases, the wrist develops osteoarthritis, and is treated accordingly
        • Delayed and non-union:
              • A high proportion of cases of fractures of the scaphoid go into delayed or non-union.
              • Causes of delayed or non-union
                • imperfectimmobilization
                • synovial fluid hindering the formation of fibrinous bridge between the fragments
                • impaired blood supply to one of the fragments.
              • In delayed union, the fracture, line may persist on X-ray even after 4-6 months(MCQ)
              • In non-union, distinct radiological features present are
                • roundingof the fracture surfaces
                • the fracture becomes rather sharply defined
                • cystic changes occur in one or both fragments.
              • In a late case of non-union, changes of   wrist osteoarthritis such as joint space reduction, osteophyte formation may also be seen.
              • Treatment:
                • In a case where functions are not much impaired, nothing needs to be done.
                • In a case where there is wrist pain and weakness of grip, operative intervention is necessary.
                • For delayed union, bone grafting is sufficient.
                • For non-union(MCQ)
                  • the type of operation depends upon the presence of associated osteoarthritis of the radio-carpal joint
                  • Once osteoarthritis happens, it is too late to expect relief by aiming at fracture union alone.
                  • An excision of part of the radio-carpal joint, or its fusion may be required.
          • Wrist osteoarthritis: (MCQ)
                • osteoarthritis of the wrist develop as a result  of avascular  necrosis   or  non-union.
                • In some, excision of the styloid process of the radiusis done
                • in extreme cases, wrist arthrodesis may be required.

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        Scaphoid pseudarthrosis, before and after treatment with Herbert screw.
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        Scaphoid fracture before and after operation
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        Carpal bones highlighted, as seen in the right hand. Proximal: A-Scaphoid B-Lunate C-Triquetrum (Triangular) D-Pisiform Distal: E-Trapezium F-Trapezoid G-Capitate H-Hamate Adjacent bones: 1-Radius (Radial bone) 2-Ulna (Elbow bone) 3-Metacarpus (Metacarpal bones)


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