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Scaphoid Fracture in Children

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What is a scaphoid fracture?

The scaphoid is one of the eight carpal (wrist) bones. A scaphoid fracture is a break in the scaphoid bone. The scaphoid bone is between the thumb and the bones of the arm. This bone has an unusual flow of blood which can make healing of this bone difficult.

A graphic illustration of three types of scaphoid fractures: distal, waist and proximal.

The following are signs of a scaphoid fracture:

  • Pain on the thumb side of the wrist
  • Swelling and bruising at the base of the thumb
  • Difficulty gripping objects or moving the wrist

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