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Bull NYU Hosp Jt Dis. 2009;67(1):52-7.

Midshaft clavicle fractures in adults.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, NYU Hospital for Joint Diseases, 301 East 17th Street, New York, NY 10003, USA.


Clavicle fractures remain one of the more common fractures encountered in the orthopaedic office. Nonoperative management remains the standard of care in most cases. However, studies have shown a higher nonunion rate and decreased patient satisfaction in fractures with increased shortening. The malunion resulting from nonoperative management has been shown to be problematic in patients with significant fracture shortening. When operative reduction and fixation is indicated, there are numerous techniques to aid the surgeon patient care. This article reviews the midshaft clavicle fracture and discusses recent outcome studies on patients with fracture shortening and approaches to operative management.

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