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Avascular necrosis of the scaphoid in children treated by splint immobilisation


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Avascular necrosis of the scaphoid following a fracture in children is rare and there is no established treatment protocol in the literature. We present two boys with nonunion and avascular necrosis of the scaphoid treated by simple immobilisation. Both cases healed with painless wrists and full movements. Our cases confirm that an ununited scaphoid fracture in children may heal with conservative treatment, even when an MRI scan suggests avascular necrosis. Unlike in adults, operative treatment need only be considered in children when conservative treatment fails.

Correspondence should be sent to Professor I. Gunal; e-mail: izge.gunal@deu.edu.tr

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