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NHS Negligence - Missed Scaphoid Fracture

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The scaphoid is one of the bones of the wrist. It is typically caused by a fall onto the outstretched hand. It may also occur in sport.

Clinical assessment may reveal tenderness at points in the wrist and reduced movement. Conventional x-rays may not reveal a scaphoid fracture; special scaphoid views may be required. Even if the x-ray is normal, if there is tenderness of the wrist so that scaphoid fracture is suspected the injury is treated presumptively as fracture by immobilisation; the patient is recalled for review.

A missed scaphoid fracture may lead to poor healing (mal-union) or to the bone dying from loss of it blood supply. Surgery may be required.


If A&E missed your scaphoid fracture you should contact MEDICAL NEGLIGENCE TEAM on 0800 246 11 22 or complete the form below and we will call you back.

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