Point-of-care ultrasound detection of acute scaphoid fracture

Pediatr Emerg Care. 2015 Mar;31(3):222-4. doi: 10.1097/PEC.0000000000000385.


In cases of traumatic wrist pain, emergency physicians must maintain a high index of suspicion for scaphoid fractures due to their potential for serious complications. A growing body of literature supports the use of point-of-care ultrasonography by emergency physicians in the evaluation of potential fractures. We report a case of a pediatric scaphoid fracture that was initially not visualized on x-ray and was subsequently detected using point-of-care ultrasound in the ED.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Fractures, Bone / diagnostic imaging*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Point-of-Care Systems*
  • Scaphoid Bone / diagnostic imaging
  • Scaphoid Bone / injuries*
  • Ultrasonography
  • Wrist Injuries / diagnostic imaging*