Original Communications| Volume 25, ISSUE 6, P1096-1099, November 2000

Scaphocapitate syndrome in an adolescent


      Scaphocapitate syndrome is a rare injury and its incidence in immature skeleton is not well documented. We describe our experience of scaphocapitate syndrome in a 12-year-old boy and report the results after a 3-year follow-up period. Treatment involved open reduction internal fixation using K-wires. The 3-year follow-up evaluation revealed no evidence of avascular necrosis. The wrist was completely asymptomatic and the patient used it normally. The difficulty in examining an injured child and the presence of open physes on radiographs can make diagnosis difficult. Awareness among orthopedic surgeons about this injury in children is needed to avoid misdiagnosis and to initiate timely treatment. (J Hand Surg 2000;25A:1096-1099. Copyright © 2000 by the American Society for Surgery of the Hand.)


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