Carpal fracture

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Carpal fracture
Other names: Wrist bone fracture
X-ray showing a scaphoid fracture, the most common wrist fracture
SpecialtyHand surgery

Carpal fractures are fractures that involve the bones of the wrist. Symptoms may be none specific.[1] Fractures of the scaphoid are most common, while the others are rare.[1]

The underlying cause is typically a fall onto an outstretched hand (FOOSH).[1] X rays of the wrist may be unclear, and CT scan may be required.[1]

For fractures were the peices are well aligned orthopedic casting may be sufficient; otherwise surgery may be indicated.[1]



  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 Suh, Nina; Ek, Eugene T.; Wolfe, Scott W. (April 2014). "Carpal Fractures". The Journal of Hand Surgery. 39 (4): 785–791. doi:10.1016/j.jhsa.2013.10.030.

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