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An Unusual Case Of Segmental Clavicle Fracture
  1. Dr R Heywood, SHO1 and
  2. Lt Col J Clasper, RAMC (V)2
  1. 1rebecca_heywood{at}yahoo.com
  2. 2Department of Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery, Frimley Park Hospital, Frimley, Surrey, GU16 5UJ

Abstract

Fracture of the clavicle is a common traumatic injury and comprises 4% of all fractures in adults. Amongst these, midshaft injuries account for the majority and medial fractures are uncommon (1). Whilst segmental fractures have been reported in the literature, concurrent lateral and medial injuries are very rare. These injuries are, therefore, susceptible to being missed, due to failure to look for a second injury after the initial diagnosis, and difficult X-ray interpretation around the area of the medial clavicle. The nature of segmental fractures can pose a difficult management problem for numerous reasons, and initial operative fixation is usually indicated. Early diagnosis is therefore imperative, and as such, clinical examination is essential even if an obvious mid or lateral shaft fracture is seen on X-ray. This unusual case of combined lateral and medial fractures was initially missed and the presentation and management is discussed.

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