J Wrist Surg 2016; 05(03): 194-201
DOI: 10.1055/s-0036-1585414
Scientific Article
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Coronal Fractures of the Scaphoid: A Review

David J. Slutsky
1  The Hand and Wrist Institute, Torrance, California; Department of Orthopedics, Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, Los Angeles, California
Guillaume Herzberg
2  Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Orthopaedic Upper Limb Surgery Unit, Edouard Herriot Hospital Claude, Lyon, France
Alexander Y. Shin
3  Division of Hand and Microvascular Surgery, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota
Geert A. Buijze
4  Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Academic Medical Center, University of Amsterdam, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
David C. Ring
5  Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Dell Medical School, University of Texas, Austin, Texas
Chaitanya S. Mudgal
6  Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Harvard Medical School, Boston, Massachusetts
Yuen-Fai Leung
7  Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Tseung Kwan O Hospital, Hong Kong
Christian Dumontier
8  Service de Chirurgie Orthopédique, Hôpital Saint-Antoine, Paris, France
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Publication History

16 April 2016

30 May 2016

Publication Date:
11 July 2016 (online)


Coronal (or frontal plane) fractures of the scaphoid are distinctly uncommon. There are few published reports of coronal fractures of the scaphoid. This fracture is often missed on the initial X-ray films. A high index of suspicion should exist when there is a double contour of the proximal scaphoid pole on the anteroposterior X-ray view. A computed tomography scan is integral in making the diagnosis. Early recognition is key in salvaging the scaphoid fracture and in preventing articular damage. Level of Evidence IV. Retrospective case series.