What information about clavicle fractures should patients receive at the initial visit?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Benjamin P Kleinhenz, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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At the initial visit, discuss the following with the patient who has a clavicular injury:

  • A visible prominence may remain at the fracture site after it heals; this may be more evident in thin individuals

  • Fracture nonunion is possible, and surgery may be necessary

  • Refracture is a possibility if the patient engages in contact sports, particularly if he or she returns to play before the bone healing is solid


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