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Year : 2013  |  Volume : 2  |  Issue : 1  |  Page : 15-17

Open reduction and internal fixation of distal clavicle fractures

1 Department of Orthopedics, Prof D. Y. Patil Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra, India
2 Department of Orthopedics, Talegaon Medical College, Pimpri, Pune, Maharashtra, India

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Ajit Swamy
D. Y. Patil Medical College, Pune, Maharashtra
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/2277-8632.108506

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Objective: Clavicle fractures have been treated in the past by conservative means such as figure of eight bandage, sling and swathe etc. Although, acceptable for middle and medial fractures, distal clavicle fractures often require open reduction and internal fixation.Current literature supports both operative fixation and non-operative treatment for distal clavicular fractures and some middle third fractures with displacement. The objective of this present study was to determine the results of operative stabilization of distal clavicle fractures. Materials and Methods: We present the results of 11 cases treated with open reduction and internal fixation with Kirschner wires. This study was carried out in Sebha Medical Centre, Sebha, Libya. Results: Ten patients achieved union and 1 patient developed painless non-union. Conclusions: Operative treatment of lateral clavicular fractures is recommended for early rehabilitation and affords adequate results.

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