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Cast Immobilization for Non-Displaced Scaphoid Fractures

This study is ongoing, but not recruiting participants.
Information provided by (Responsible Party):
David C. Ring, MD, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier:
First received: June 5, 2009
Last updated: September 22, 2015
Last verified: September 2015
This trial is trying to understand if immobilization of the thumb after a non-displaced scaphoid fracture affects recovery. The standard of care overseas is a cast that allows for free movement of the thumb, and in the United States it is a cast that immobilizes the thumb. This study is attempting to understand if there is a difference.

Non-displaced Scaphoid Fractures

Study Type: Observational
Study Design: Observational Model: Cohort
Time Perspective: Prospective
Official Title: Non-displaced Scaphoid Fractures: A Clinical Trial of Cast Immobilization Including vs. Excluding the Thumb

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Further study details as provided by Massachusetts General Hospital:

Primary Outcome Measures:
  • DASH questionnaire, Gartland and Werley score, Mayo Score, Grip strength, Range of Motion [ Time Frame: 6 months ]

Estimated Enrollment: 60
Study Start Date: July 2007
Estimated Study Completion Date: January 2016
Primary Completion Date: January 2012 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)
Cast that immobilizes the thumb
Cast that does not immobilize the thumb


Ages Eligible for Study:   18 Years and older   (Adult, Senior)
Sexes Eligible for Study:   All
Accepts Healthy Volunteers:   No
Sampling Method:   Probability Sample
Study Population
Orthopaedic Hand Clinic

Inclusion Criteria:

  1. 18 years or older
  2. Isolated fracture of the scaphoid
  3. No displacement of the scaphoid fracture on CT scan

Exclusion Criteria:

  1. Associated ipsilateral ligament injury or fracture
  2. Pregnant Patient
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Please refer to this study by its identifier: NCT00916539

United States, Massachusetts
Massachusettes General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts, United States, 02114
Sponsors and Collaborators
Massachusetts General Hospital
Principal Investigator: David C Ring, MD Massachusetts General Hospital
  More Information

Responsible Party: David C. Ring, MD, Principal Investigator; Director of Research, Hand Service, Massachusetts General Hospital Identifier: NCT00916539     History of Changes
Other Study ID Numbers: 2006P-001424  IRB 2006p001424 
Study First Received: June 5, 2009
Last Updated: September 22, 2015

Additional relevant MeSH terms:
Fractures, Bone
Wounds and Injuries processed this record on February 20, 2017