What is the nonunion rate for clavicle fractures?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Benjamin P Kleinhenz, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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The nonunion rate for all midclavicle fractures treated nonoperatively is 6%; the rate is 15% for displaced midclavicle fractures treated nonoperatively. [24] Symptoms of nonunion can be pain, motion, or loss of function. Note, however, that many nonunions are asymptomatic and require no treatment. Refer patients with symptomatic nonunion to an orthopedic surgeon to discuss surgical options. In some situations, a bone stimulator to help promote bone healing can be tried before surgery.


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