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The natural history of scaphoid non-union. A review of fifty-five cases.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  3972868     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We reviewed the cases of fifty-six scaphoid non-unions in fifty-five patients, none of whom had received treatment of any kind before examination. In the thirty-two patients who had been injured five years or more earlier, arthritis developed in thirty-one (97 per cent). The one patient in whom osteoarthritis developed less than four years after injury also had avascular necrosis of the scaphoid. The incidence of osteoarthritis increased with time after injury. We concluded that patients with established scaphoid non-union should be advised that osteoarthritis will most likely develop.
L K Ruby; J Stinson; M R Belsky
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of bone and joint surgery. American volume     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0021-9355     ISO Abbreviation:  J Bone Joint Surg Am     Publication Date:  1985 Mar 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1985-04-22     Completed Date:  1985-04-22     Revised Date:  2010-10-25    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0014030     Medline TA:  J Bone Joint Surg Am     Country:  UNITED STATES    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  428-32     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
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MeSH Terms
Carpal Bones / injuries*,  radiography
Fractures, Ununited / complications*,  radiography
Middle Aged
Osteoarthritis / etiology*
Time Factors

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