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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1997 Jul;79(4):534-6.

Injury to the brachial plexus by a fragment of bone after fracture of the clavicle.

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Department of Orthopaedics, Cliniques Universitaires Saint-Luc, Brussels, Belgium.


Clavicular fractures are occasionally responsible for lesions of the brachial plexus. The symptoms are usually delayed and due to compression by hypertrophic callus, nonunion or a subclavian pseudoaneurysm. We describe a patient in whom a displaced bone fragment was pressing on the retroclavicular part of the brachial plexus, leading to early symptoms of a lesion of the posterior cord. Internal fixation of the clavicle and external neurolysis of the brachial plexus gave an almost full recovery.

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