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J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1998 Jan;80(1):106-8.

Fixation of fractures of the midshaft of the clavicle with Kirschner wires. Results in 108 patients.

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Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.


We treated 110 fractures of the middle third of the clavicle in 108 patients aged between 14 and 66 years, by fixation with 2 mm Kirschner wires. The wire was introduced, using an air drill and a telescoping guide, from the medial into the lateral fragment. The medial end of the wire which perforated the anterior cortex of the medial fragment was bent backwards to prevent migration into the lung or mediastinum. In cases of nonunion and acute fracture in which a bone gap was present, bone graft was laid around the fracture site after internal fixation. All the fractures united. No wires broke but in three patients one migrated before union was achieved. Twenty-one patients failed to return for removal of the wire; nine of them had radiological evidence of union before they were lost to follow-up.

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