What is malunion in clavicle fractures?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Benjamin P Kleinhenz, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Malunion is when the fracture heals with significant angulation, shortening, and a poor appearance. Mild malunion is common after clavicle fractures, but it is usually not clinically significant. Occasionally, the patient can have pain or a mild limitation in motion or strength. Symptoms from nerve impingement may occur but are uncommon. Surgeries for malunion attempt to restore the clavicular length and correct any angular deformity of the clavicle.

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