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Isolated Capitate Fracture

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Anatomy: Musculoskeletal
Joseph Junewick, MD FACR
Diagnostic Category: Trauma
Created: over 10 years ago
Updated: over 10 years ago
Tags: PEDS
Modality/Study Types: CR
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5 year old female with wrist pain after fall on playground.

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Isolated Capitate Fracture


CR – Isolated nondisplaced transverse fracture of the capitate.


Capitate fractures are exceedingly rare, accounting for only 1-3% of all carpal fractures. Most capitate fractures are associated with additional wrist pathology, such as perilunate injuries and scaphoid fractures; capitate fractures are particularly infrequent as isolated injuries. Because of its anatomic location, the capitate is well-protected, and most isolated capitate fractures have almost no displacement. Capitate fractures typically occur in younger patients, who are more prone to high energy trauma than is the general population.


Keogh C, Bergin D, Eustace S. The Wrist. Radiology of Skeletal Trauma 3rd Ed (Churchill and Livingstone, 2002).


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