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Year : 1977  |  Volume : 11  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 105-107

Retrosternal Dislocation Of the Clavicle


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“In theory the clavicle at the sternal end may be dislocated forward, upward, backward or downward. In practice dislocations upward and forward are the most frequent ones. Posterior dislocations are rare. I have never seen one”. –BOHLER. Dislocation of the sternoclavicular joint is an uncommon injury. The displacement of the clavicle is nearly always anterior, only rarely is it displaced retrosternally. The condition is important despite its apparent rarity. The sudden intrusion of the medical end of the clavicle among the structures of the thoracic inlet may produce serious effects from pressure upon the trachea, the oesophagus or the great vessels; sometimes rapid death has resulted. The following is a case report of retrosternal dislocation of the clavicle treated by open reduction.


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