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#1 2013-10-08 19:21:20

kem
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From: Victoria, BC
Registered: 2007-08-28
Posts: 2152

skateboard fracture << scaphoid fracture

While chatting with a physician friend of mine this week, he mentioned – I forget just why – a “scaphoid fracture,” a common break of a small bone in the wrist. The room was noisy and I thought he said “skateboard fracture.” The injury is, interestingly, a typical outcome of skateboard falls, caused by the board rider reaching out to catch him/herself on the way down.

I’m not the only one to make this apt substitution. A medical records transcriber admits to the same hearing error:

Confession on a forum: “I was just typing up a letter and put ‘The patient had a skateboard fracture ’ then figured there is no such thing as a skateboard fracture. Turns out it’s a scaphoid fracture. Lol.”

“Skateboard fracture” for “scaphoid fracture” may have taken hold in some speech communities. Here are three web pages that may be supporting examples:

Orthopedics Q/A site: “He declared a likely skateboard fracture, with potentially other injuries, and put me in a splint.”

Automobile forum: “ I go flying and land on my hands. My left wrist hurt a lot. But nevertheless I got up to get the wrench. I torqued my wheels before I even got ice for what I learned a day later was a Navicular ( skateboard) fracture in my left wrist.”

Parent forum: “My BIL came off his bike quite a number of years ago and broke his collar bone plus had what they call a skateboard fracture on his hand. ”

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#2 2013-10-08 22:05:43

David Bird
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From: Montréal, QC
Registered: 2009-07-28
Posts: 1192

Re: skateboard fracture << scaphoid fracture

Another likely mishearing/eggcorn for this one might be a ‘scaffold’ fracture.

Resolved Question:
What kind of fracture should this be? a “scaffold” fracture of the left wrist.
Nurse dictation correction

went to an orthopedic doctor the next day X-rays showed a minor scaffold fracture in one of the carpals in my wrist.
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Fell going up my stairs, verdict was sprained shoulder with contusion, sprained wrist and possible scaffold fracture
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