Stress Fracture of the Ossification Center of the Scaphoid in a Skeletally Immature Gymnast

J Hand Surg Asian Pac Vol. 2019 Sep;24(3):386-388. doi: 10.1142/S2424835519720172.


An eleven-year-old male gymnast felt right wrist pain when performing handstands on the floor without any major traumas. Displaced scaphoid fracture was observed on the anteroposterior view of the radiograph. Both on the T1-weighted image from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and on the short TI inversion recovery (STIR) image from MRI, low intensity was detected at the middle of the ossification center of the scaphoid and the physis and the articular cartilage covering the scaphoid bone were preserved without any injury. The patient was diagnosed with stress fracture of the ossification center of the scaphoid and successfully treated conservatively.

Keywords: Gymnast; Ossification center; Scaphoid; Stress fracture.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Fractures, Stress / diagnosis*
  • Fractures, Stress / etiology*
  • Fractures, Stress / therapy
  • Gymnastics / injuries*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Osteogenesis
  • Radiography
  • Scaphoid Bone / injuries*
  • Wrist Injuries