Surgical angiogenesis for scaphoid non-union: a literature review

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Jamie Corcoran Iulian Nusem Usama Zafar


Non-union of scaphoid bone fractures, though an uncommon occurance, are a signficant cause of morbidity in young patients. This review outlines the current understanding of vascularised bone grafts and non-union, and examines the most current clinical literature regarding the role of these procedures in modern orthopaedic practice. Composite evidence from level III studies would support using osseous grafts on a vascular pedicle for patients with non-union of the proximal end of the scaphoid with associated avascular necrosis and in cases of revision surgery where a previous non-vascularised graft has failed to achieve bony union.


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CORCORAN, Jamie; NUSEM, Iulian; ZAFAR, Usama. Surgical angiogenesis for scaphoid non-union: a literature review. Vascular Cell, [S.l.], v. 12, n. 1, p. 1, jan. 2020. ISSN 2045-824X. Available at: <>. Date accessed: 28 may 2024. doi: