A case of capitate fracture in a 28-year-old man, with a 180-degree rotation (volar dislocation) of the proximal fragment is reported. Due to a late diagnosis, the patient presented 2 weeks after trauma. Open reduction and internal fixation with Kirschner wires provided good bone alignment, uneventful healing and a good range of wrist motion was achieved. The authors remind the reader the possibility of capitate fracture, a rare but troublesome event among wrist traumas, requiring a prompt diagnosis and treatment to relief important wrist pain and to restore function. Moreover, in consideration of important vascular complications, producing non-union and arthritis, the emerging role of imaging in detecting even minor signs of bone necrosis, leading to correct surgical indications, has to be taken into account.

Isolated fracture of the capitate with rotation of the proximal fragment.

COLONNA, Michele Rosario;RISITANO, Giovanni
2013

Abstract

A case of capitate fracture in a 28-year-old man, with a 180-degree rotation (volar dislocation) of the proximal fragment is reported. Due to a late diagnosis, the patient presented 2 weeks after trauma. Open reduction and internal fixation with Kirschner wires provided good bone alignment, uneventful healing and a good range of wrist motion was achieved. The authors remind the reader the possibility of capitate fracture, a rare but troublesome event among wrist traumas, requiring a prompt diagnosis and treatment to relief important wrist pain and to restore function. Moreover, in consideration of important vascular complications, producing non-union and arthritis, the emerging role of imaging in detecting even minor signs of bone necrosis, leading to correct surgical indications, has to be taken into account.
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