Bipartite scaphoid

Last revised by Mostafa Elfeky on 10 Oct 2023

A bipartite scaphoid is a rare example of a divided carpus. There is controversy whether this condition is congenital (i.e. normal variant) or post-traumatic. Bipartite scaphoids may be unilateral or bilateral.


Diagnostic criteria have been proposed 3:

  • no history of traumatic injury
  • normal appearance of both parts
  • well-defined and rounded cortex, with a small joint-like space intervening
  • no scaphotrapeziotrapezoidal or radioscaphoid osteoarthritis

Differential diagnosis

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