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A 15-year-old boy presents to the emergency department with a complaint of left wrist pain following a fall from his skateboard earlier in the day. The patient broke his fall with both arms extended in front of him and now complains of severe pain to the lateral aspect of his left wrist. Imaging studies confirm a hairline fracture to one of the carpal bones, commonly a site for trauma-induced avascular necrosis.

Which of the following carpal bones has most likely been fractured in this patient?

  • A) Capitate
  • B) Hook of hamate
  • C) Lunate
  • D) Scaphoid
  • E) Trapezium


Dr. Ted O'Connell

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Dr. Ted O'Connell