Posterior sternoclavicular epiphyseal fracture-dislocation with delayed diagnosis

Kelly D. Carmichael, Anthony Longo, Scott Lick, Leonard Swischuk

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Posterior sternoclavicular joint dislocations and epiphyseal fractures are relatively rare injuries. We present a case report of a 16-year-old male who presented with a 10-day delay in diagnosis. The medial clavicular fragment was widely displaced and rested against the cervical vertebral body. Despite the degree of displacement, the patient had very few symptoms, and the diagnosis was not appreciated in the emergency department and became apparent at 10-day clinic follow-up. Treatment consisted of attempts at closed reduction, which were not successful. Open reduction was performed and the repair done with strong sutures. At 1-year follow-up the patient is doing well without any symptoms. A literature review consisting of anatomy, ossification patterns, classification systems, diagnosis and associated symptoms, imaging recommendations, treatment recommendations, outcomes, and complications is included.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)608-612
Number of pages5
JournalSkeletal radiology
Issue number8
StatePublished - Aug 2006


  • CT scan
  • Epiphyseal injuries
  • Posterior sternoclavicular fracture dislocations
  • Radiographs

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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