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Isolated Treatment of a Comminuted Capitate Fracture

A Case Report

Johnson, David B. Jr., DO1; Triplet, Jacob J., DO1; Bernhardt, Logan, BS2; Buchan, Daniel R., DO1; Iorio, Timothy, MD3

doi: 10.2106/JBJS.CC.18.00166
Case Reports

Case: Comminuted fractures of the capitate, in the absence of associated carpal injuries, are exceedingly rare. Treatment of this complex injury is not well-documented in the literature. We describe the case of a comminuted capitate fracture that was successfully managed with Kirschner wire fixation.

Conclusion: Based on this case and a review of the literature, management of a comminuted capitate fracture with Kirschner wire fixation can lead to successful treatment and positive patient outcomes.

1OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, Orthopedic Residency Program, Columbus, Ohio

2Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine, Bradenton, Florida

3OhioHealth Orthopedic Surgeons, Columbus, Ohio

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Investigation performed at OhioHealth Doctors Hospital, Orthopedic Residency Program, Columbus, Ohio

Disclosure: The authors indicated that no external funding was received for any aspect of this work. The Disclosure of Potential Conflicts of Interest forms are provided with the online version of the article (

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