Scaphoid fractures in children are uncommon. A high index of suspicion is required in children when clinical signs and symptoms indicate a scaphoid fracture in a child. Radiographic evaluation with multiple views should be performed to assess for fracture. If necessary, advanced imaging studies such as MRI should be performed. Most scaphoid fractures can be treated with cast immobilization, which results in healing in the vast majority of cases. Scaphoid nonunion is usually the result of delayed presentation or missed diagnosis. Fortunately union can be achieved reliably with cast immobilization or surgical fixation.
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- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine