Unique distal clavicular fracture in an active-duty military population

Stephen A. Parada, Mark S. Hsiao, Eric G. Puttler, Edward D. Arrington

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Abstract

We present a series of distal clavicle fractures in which the coracoclavicular ligaments remain intact to the proximal segment, but the distal aspect of the clavicle is displaced superiorly. The fractures sustained in this series are not described in any of the multiple classification systems currently in use for clavicular fractures. We present a series of 2 active-duty patients who sustained nearly identical distal clavicle fractures during Army combatives training. A 23-year-old male was treated successfully with nonoperative therapy and returned to deployment within 2 months. A 23-yearold female failed nonoperative treatment and was successfully treated with an operative open distal clavicle resection. This rare fracture attributed to a specific mechanism of injury has a potential to be commonly encountered in active-duty patients taking part in mandatory combatives programs

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)236-239
Number of pages4
JournalMilitary medicine
Volume176
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Public Health, Environmental and Occupational Health

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