A bandage folded into a spiral arrangement resembling an ear of wheat or barley.
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- Current treatment for this type of fracture is a thumb spica, but some evidence suggests that the thumb could be omitted from the cast.
- As a basic rule, in a patient with a clinically suspected scaphoid fracture but negative initial radiographs, it is reasonable to apply a short arm thumb spica and re-evaluate the patient in two weeks.
late 17th century: from Latin, literally 'spike, ear of corn'; related to spina 'spine'. The current sense is influenced by Greek stakhus 'ear of wheat'.