Shortening of clavicle after fracture. Incidence and clinical significance, a 5-year follow-up of 85 patients

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Shortening of clavicle after fracture. Incidence and clinical significance, a 5-year follow-up of 85 patients. / Nordqvist, Anders; Redlund-Johnell, Inga; von Scheele, Agneta; Petersson, Claes J.

In: Acta Orthopaedica Scandinavica, Vol. 68, No. 4, 1997, p. 349-351.

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T1 - Shortening of clavicle after fracture. Incidence and clinical significance, a 5-year follow-up of 85 patients

AU - Nordqvist, Anders

AU - Redlund-Johnell, Inga

AU - von Scheele, Agneta

AU - Petersson, Claes J

PY - 1997

Y1 - 1997

N2 - We evaluated the incidence and clinical significance of postfracture shortening of the clavicle in 85 patients. There were 71 mid-clavicular fractures and 14 of the lateral end of the clavicle. 46 fractures were primarily undisplaced and 39 displaced. All fractures were nonoperatively treated with sling immobilization. All patients were reexamined 5 years after the fracture. 35 clavicles had healed with at least 5 mm shortening. Clavicles with originally displaced fractures were shorter and radiologically more frequently malunited. Mobility, strength and the functional Constant score were similar in the injured and normal shoulders. Our findings suggest that permanent shortening of the clavicle is common after fracture, but has no clinical significance.

AB - We evaluated the incidence and clinical significance of postfracture shortening of the clavicle in 85 patients. There were 71 mid-clavicular fractures and 14 of the lateral end of the clavicle. 46 fractures were primarily undisplaced and 39 displaced. All fractures were nonoperatively treated with sling immobilization. All patients were reexamined 5 years after the fracture. 35 clavicles had healed with at least 5 mm shortening. Clavicles with originally displaced fractures were shorter and radiologically more frequently malunited. Mobility, strength and the functional Constant score were similar in the injured and normal shoulders. Our findings suggest that permanent shortening of the clavicle is common after fracture, but has no clinical significance.

U2 - 10.3109/17453679708996175

DO - 10.3109/17453679708996175

M3 - Article

VL - 68

SP - 349

EP - 351

JO - Acta Orthopaedica

JF - Acta Orthopaedica

SN - 1745-3682

IS - 4

ER -