What are possible complications of malunion in clavicle fractures?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Benjamin P Kleinhenz, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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A spike of bone can form subcutaneously after angulated fractures heal. This can be symptomatic for athletes who wear shoulder pads or for backpackers. If a donut pad is not sufficient to relieve symptoms, surgical excision can be considered. Posttraumatic arthritis can develop if a clavicle fracture enters the AC or SC joints.


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