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scaphoid nonunion

Marko Bumbaširević, Tomislav Palibrk, Henry Dushan E Atkinson, Aleksandar Lešić
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of the Ilizarov fine-wire compression/distraction technique in the treatment of scaphoid nonunion (SNU), without the use of bone graft. DESIGN: This is a prospective study of 20 consecutive patients in one center. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This study included 20 patients (19 males) with a mean SNU duration of 14.5 months. Four patients had proximal pole, 15 had waist, and 1 had a distal SNU. Patients with carpal instability, humpback deformities, carpal collapse, avascular necrosis, and marked degenerative change were excluded...
October 20, 2016: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
Ryoko Uesato, Satoshi Toh, Yoshimitsu Hayashi, Keiichiro Maniwa, Yasuyuki Ishibashi
In scaphoid fractures, delayed diagnosis and nonunion are fairly common as a result of several factors, including the difficulty of radiographic diagnosis of non-displaced fractures and underestimation of the injury by the patient. Main factors to consider when deciding treatment are the type of fracture and fracture stability. In the stable nonunion (Type D1 according to the Filan and Herbert classification, or linear type of Ikeda's classification), percutaneous screw fixation without bone graft is recommended...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery & Traumatology: Orthopédie Traumatologie
Kerrin C DePeter, Stephen M Blumberg, Sarah Dienstag Becker, James A Meltzer
BACKGROUND: Despite being an effective analgesic for children with fractures, some clinicians may avoid prescribing ibuprofen due to its potentially harmful effect on bone healing. OBJECTIVE: To determine if exposure to ibuprofen is associated with an increased risk of bone healing complications in children with fractures. METHODS: We performed a retrospective study of children aged 6 months to 17 years who presented to the pediatric emergency department (PED) with a fracture of the tibia, femur, humerus, scaphoid, or fifth metatarsus and who followed up with the orthopedic service...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Emergency Medicine
M Schädel-Höpfner, B Bickert, C Dumont, P Laier, R Meier, A Nusche, T Pillukat, H Rosenthal, R Schmitt, F Siemers, A Zach, M Jung
BACKGROUND: Scaphoid fractures represent the most common carpal fractures and are often problematic and frequently lead to nonunion with osteoarthritis and collapse of the wrist. The reasons for the nonunion are manifold. Therefore, the main goal of diagnosis and therapy of acute fractures is to achieve bony union and to restore the anatomic shape of the scaphoid. In the long run, only this can preserve the normal function of the wrist. METHODOLOGY: The given recommendations are based on the new S3-level guideline of the AWMF (Association of the Scientific Medical Societies)...
October 10, 2016: Der Orthopäde
Ruby Grewal, Nina Suh, Joy C MacDermid
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study is to report the union rate and time to union for acute non-displaced scaphoid waist fractures treated with a short arm thumb spica cast. METHODS: A database was searched (2006-2013) to identify acute undisplaced scaphoid waist fractures. Cases that were not given a trial of casting were excluded (n=33). X-rays, CT scans and health records for each patient were reviewed to extract data. RESULTS: 172 patients met inclusion criteria...
2016: Open Orthopaedics Journal
M Tatebe, H Hirata, K Tanaka, T Oguchi, S Urata
The purpose of this study was to review the clinical results of carpal ligaments injuries with scaphoid nonunion. We hypothesized that scaphoid nonunion with carpal ligament injury is associated with clinical result. We retrospectively reviewed 60 cases of -Herbert screw fixation with bone graft for scaphoid nonunions. Scapholunate (SL) and lunotriquetral (LT) ligaments lesions were confirmed by arthroscopy. Approximately half of the nonunion scaphoid cases had carpal ligaments injuries. At final follow-up evaluation, wrist function as evaluated by the Mayo wrist score was excellent in 34 patients, good in 16 patients, fair in 8 patients, and poor in 2 patients...
August 2016: Acta Orthopaedica Belgica
Jessie Janowski, Caitlyn Coady, Louis W Catalano
The treatment of scaphoid nonunion and malunions has undergone a considerable transition since the 1960 modification of Matti's technique by Russe.(1) We present a review of articles with clear data on union rates and functional status to review the current methods of treatment for scaphoid nonunion and malunion.
September 23, 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
K Kalb
BACKGROUND: Avascularity of fragments is a common problem in treatment of scaphoid nonunion. Therefore, vascularised bone grafts have gained increasing importance. Especially the free vascularised femoral trochlea flap has become the subject of special interest because of its particular characteristics in the last few years. OBJECTIVES: Indications for and the technique of free vascularised corticocancellous as well as osteocartilagineous femoral trochlea flap are reported according to the author's practice combined with an evaluation of these methods considering current literature...
September 20, 2016: Der Orthopäde
T Kahl, F K Razny, J P Benter, K Mutig, K Hegenscheid, S Mutze, A Eisenschenk
The clinical relevance of scaphoid bone fractures is reflected by their high incidence, accounting for approximately 60 % among carpal fractures and for 2-3 % of all fractures. With adequate therapy most scaphoid bone fractures heal completely without complications. Insufficient immobilization or undiagnosed fractures increase the risk of nonunion and the development of pseudarthrosis.X-ray examination enables initial diagnosis of scaphoid fracture in 70-80 % of cases. Positive clinical symptoms by negative x‑ray results require further diagnostics by multi-slice spiral CT (MSCT) or MRI to exclude or confirm a fracture...
September 16, 2016: Der Orthopäde
A Asmus, M Lautenbach, B Schacher, S Kim, A Eisenschenk
BACKGROUND: Operative treatment of the scaphoid nonunion includes avascular corticocancellous and cancellous bone grafts and increasingly the use of vascular pedicled and free vascular corticocancellous grafts. Especially the latter require a fair amount of operative expertise and experience in microsurgical techniques. OBJECTIVE: Which criteria lead to the decision for or against an avascular graft used for reconstruction of scaphoid nonunion? Is our current classification system of a scaphoid pseudarthrosis able to illustrate our diagnostic potential in a way that makes us refer to operative procedures? METHODS: Evaluation of current literature and expert opinions RESULTS: Avascular bone grafts show a high union rate as long as a sufficient vascularisation of the remaining fragments is present...
September 16, 2016: Der Orthopäde
B Schacher, R Böttcher, A Vogel, A Asmus, S Kim, A Eisenschenk, F Eichenauer
BACKGROUND: Nonunion of the scaphoid as a result of proximal fractures, failed surgical reconstruction, and especially avascular fragment necrosis are possible indications of vascularized bone grafts. Various techniques of vascularized (pedicled and free) grafts have been described. Pedicled grafts from the direct vicinity of the wrist provide several benefits. Harvest-site morbidity is reduced and preserved graft perfusion, without the need for blood vessel anastomosis, may lead to an improved consolidation...
September 15, 2016: Der Orthopäde
Abolfazl Bagherifard, Davod Jafari, Hassan Keihan Shokouh, Ebrahim Motavallian, Farid Najd Mazhar
BACKGROUND: Distal radius radiographic indices may play a role as risk factors in pathogenesis of Kienbock's disease, scaphoid fracture and nonunion. Perilunate fracture dislocations are devastating wrist injuries, and their relationship and distal radius indices have not been addressed in the literature. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the possible role of distal radius radiographic indices including radial height, radial inclination, ulnar variance and volar tilt as risk factors in the perilunate fracture dislocation injury of the wrist...
May 2016: Trauma Monthly
Michael P Gaspar, Patrick M Kane, Sidney M Jacoby, Randall W Culp
BACKGROUND: Nonunion of scaphoid proximal pole fractures presents a challenging management dilemma to hand surgeons. This problem is further complicated in the uncommon concurrence of scapholunate (SL) ligament disruption. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 39-year-old male patient presented with new-onset wrist pain following a remote history of a proximal pole scaphoid fracture sustained as a teenager, which was treated nonoperatively. Six months before presentation, the patient sustained a fall while snowboarding...
April 2016: Journal of Hand and Microsurgery
Kyu-Bok Kang, Hyun-Jung Kim, Jae-Hong Park, Young-Soo Shin
The dorsal approach allows better central screw placement along the long axis of the scaphoid compared with the volar approach in managing acute scaphoid fractures. However, it is unclear whether the dorsal approach leads to better clinical outcomes than the volar approach. This meta-analysis compared clinical outcomes, including the incidence of nonunion, postoperative complications, overall functional outcome, postoperative pain, grip strength, and range of wrist motion, between the dorsal and volar percutaneous approaches for the management of acute scaphoid fractures...
2016: PloS One
Robert Zura, Ze Xiong, Thomas Einhorn, J Tracy Watson, Robert F Ostrum, Michael J Prayson, Gregory J Della Rocca, Samir Mehta, Todd McKinley, Zhe Wang, R Grant Steen
Importance: Failure of bone fracture healing occurs in 5% to 10% of all patients. Nonunion risk is associated with the severity of injury and with the surgical treatment technique, yet progression to nonunion is not fully explained by these risk factors. Objective: To test a hypothesis that fracture characteristics and patient-related risk factors assessable by the clinician at patient presentation can indicate the probability of fracture nonunion. Design, Setting, and Participants: An inception cohort study in a large payer database of patients with fracture in the United States was conducted using patient-level health claims for medical and drug expenses compiled for approximately 90...
September 7, 2016: JAMA Surgery
Souichi Ohta, Ryosuke Ikeguchi, Takashi Noguchi, Yukitoshi Kaizawa, Hiroki Oda, Hirofumi Yurie, Shuichi Matsuda
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous scaphoid screw fixation is a popular treatment for acute scaphoid fractures with no or minimal displacement. For treating scaphoid nonunions, however, open reduction and internal fixation with bone grafting is still the most popular treatment. Percutaneous fixation with bone grafting through the screw insertion hole has received little attention, although it minimizes damage to the surrounding tissues. We report excellent results of six scaphoid nonunions treated by retrograde percutaneous fixation with curettage and bone grafting through the distal insertion hole of a fully threaded headless screw...
October 2016: J Hand Surg Asian Pac Vol
Keiichiro Oura, Hisao Moritomo, Toshiyuki Kataoka, Kunihiro Oka, Tsuyoshi Murase, Kazuomi Sugamoto, Hideki Yoshikawa
BACKGROUND: The purposes of this study were to quantitatively analyze osteophyte formation of the distal radius following scaphoid nonunion and to investigate how fracture locations relate to osteophyte formation patterns. METHODS: Three-dimensional surface models of the scaphoid and distal radius were constructed from computed tomographic images of both the wrists of 17 patients' with scaphoid nonunion. The scaphoid nonunions were classified into 3 types according to the location of the fracture line: distal extra-articular (n = 6); distal intra-articular (n = 5); and proximal (n = 6)...
August 30, 2016: Journal of Orthopaedic Science: Official Journal of the Japanese Orthopaedic Association
Kevin D Han, Jaehon M Kim, Michael V DeFazio, Ricardo J Bello, Ryan D Katz, Brent G Parks, Kenneth R Means
PURPOSE: A high incidence of nonunion and relatively poor outcomes with prior fixation techniques has precluded scapholunate (SL) arthrodesis as a standard treatment for SL instability. Our purpose was to determine the impact on range of motion (ROM) of simulated SL arthrodesis via headless screw fixation. METHODS: We performed baseline wrist ROM for 10 cadaveric wrists using a standardized mounting-and-weights system. Extension, flexion, radial deviation, ulnar deviation, dart-thrower's extension, and dart-thrower's flexion were assessed...
September 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
Josef Jurkowitsch, E Dall'Ara, S Quadlbauer, Ch Pezzei, I Jung, D Pahr, M Leixnering
BACKGROUND: The literature describes the treatment of scaphoid fractures comparing the volar and dorsal approaches, the advantages and disadvantages of percutaneous screw fixation, as well as the treatment of scaphoid nonunions using different types of cancellous or corticocancellous bone grafts. Yet, to date no studies are available comparing the outcome of rotational stability in screw-fixed scaphoid fractures to angular stable systems. The purpose of this study is to provide reliable data about rotational stability in stabilised scaphoid fractures and to gain information about the rigidity and the stability of the different types of fixation...
November 2016: Archives of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery
Paul W L Ten Berg, Johannes G G Dobbe, Geert Meermans, Simon D Strackee, Frederik Verstreken, Geert J Streekstra
PURPOSE: In reconstructive surgery of scaphoid nonunions with humpback deformity, some surgeons recommend restoration of the normal scaphoid length whereas others overexpand the normal length to ensure carpal realignment and prevent late collapse. To be able to define overexpansion and investigate which levels of overexpansion yield optimal clinical results, a precise method for estimating the original scaphoid length is required. The purpose of this anatomic study was to investigate the precision of estimating normal scaphoid lengths based on intact adjacent bone dimensions, compared with using the contralateral scaphoid length...
September 2016: Journal of Hand Surgery
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