Can a scaphoid fracture not show up on X-ray 6 days after the injury?

May not see fracture. Scaphoid fractures can be missed on regular x-rays within the first few weeks of the injury, and can also be missed on regular x-rays if dedicated views of the scaphoid are not obtained. If worried about the possibility of a scaphoid fracture, keep the wrist splinted for several weeks and then repeat dedicated x-rays. An MRI can also be used immediately to see non displaced scaphoid fractures.
It depends... Yes...But traditionally waiting for 10-14 days after the injury has the best chance of seeing 'hairline' fractures of the scaphoid.

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If I have a scaphoid fracture that has gone untreated for more than 6 months, will that show up on an x-ray? I had an injury on my hand last summer, initial X-ray and MRI showed nothing other than sprained scapholunate ligament with post-traumatic synovit

An . An xray likely would show a fracture if it occurred 6 months ago and did not heal. However an MRI would likely have also showed a fracture at the time of injury, so a negative MRI 6 months ago means you likely did not have a fracture. A sprained scapholunate ligament could lead to problems that can have pain as a later finding. Pain at the base of the thumb may be to another issue that is not related to the scaphoid or the ligmanets that surround it. A common cause for pain a the base of the thumb is midd arthritis. If you ask your doctor i'm sure they would repeat an x-ray, but finding a fracture would be very unusual at this time given the history is correct. Read more...
Scaphoid fracture. If you had a scaphoid fracture which was initially not diagnosed and it has not healed ( a scaphoid nonunion ), this will show up on regular x-rays 6 months after the injury. Possible causes of continued pain after a wrist injury without a fracture can be an unhealed ligament sprain or tear, a joint capsule sprain or cartilage injury. A clinical examination and perhaps an MRI can help diagnose. Read more...

About 3/4 months ago I was taken to A&E with a suspected scaphoid fracture I was seen by 2 doctors and was put in a thumb spica (not a cast) for 10 days because they suspected the scaphoid was broken. I later had another appointment for an X-ray to decid

Possible Scaphoid Fx. I am sorry but your complete question was cut off. Suspected scaphoid fractures are typically placed in a thumb spica splint as the fracture is frequently not seen on original x-ray. The patient is then referred to orthopedics or set to return for repeat x-ray in approximately one week when the fracture is more likely to be seen. A CT can also be done for this purpose. Read more...
Varies. Scaphoid fractures are often difficult to fully assess with X-ray. Often a ct scan or MRI is used if someone has persistent pain and X-rays look ok. Sometimes rather than doing a lot of initial studies, we will treat a patient in a splint if they have an exam and X-rays could be consistent with a scaphoid fracture, but then dc their splint if their exam and X-ray normalize. . Read more...

How much time does it take for a scaphoid fracture to appear on an X-ray?

It depends. It depends how severe the fracture is and whether it is displaced or not. If the pain persists, especially when you touch the snuff box region( base of the thumb and carpal bones) repeat x ray in 7 to 10 days or MRI is recommended. Ulnar and radial stress AP x rays may also help reveal a nondisplaced scaphoid fracture. Read more...
Scaphoid fracture. Scaphoid fractures are occasionally difficult to see on x-ray. Sometimes you need advanced imaging (CT or MRI) is needed to diagnose occult scaphoid fractures. Read more...

I went to the doctor and they said it could be a possible scaphoid fracture they just can't see it on an x-ray, but the pain keeps increasing and now my thumb went numb what does that mean?

TOS. Person age/sex unkown had shoulder trauma with residual pain of Superior trapeizus region & negative imaging study. Concommitent radial parasthesias, "thumb", suggests that the brachial plexus has become impinged. This symptom pattern suggests functional Thoracic Outlet Syndrome; secondary to chronic shoulder muscle spasm; secondary to primary shoulder injury. See Osteopath. . Read more...

Could I have a scaphoid fracture even with normal x rays and MRI?

Possible. Scaphoid fracture of the hand is a commonly missed fracture. It gets missed on xray a lot, MRI has much better sensitivity. However it is possible that any imaging study may miss a finding. When in doubt or concerned, better to be cautious with these fractures because if missed the consequences long term can be significant. Refer to to ortho when in doubt. Read more...
Very unlikely. while X-Ray is not the most sensitive test for such a fracture especially early after the injury, MRI on the other hand is very sensitive. It would certainly show a fracture and Sacphu-lunate ligament injuries which is another reason for pain in that region. I recommend seeing a sports medicine specialist. Read more...
An. Acute X-rays could be negative, after a few weeks typically positive. An xray likely would show a fracture if it occurred months ago and did not heal. However an MRI would likely have also showed a fracture at the time of injury, A negative MRI means likely did not have a fracture. BUT false negative DO exist. No imaging test is foolproof but lets say its highly unlikely with a negative MRI. Read more...