What is the role of ultrasonography for the diagnosis of clavicle fractures?

Updated: Jan 14, 2019
  • Author: Benjamin P Kleinhenz, MD; Chief Editor: Craig C Young, MD  more...
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Cross et al found that bedside ultrasonography can accurately diagnose clavicle fractures in children. In a prospective study in 100 pediatric emergency department patients, 43 of whom were found via radiography to have clavicle fractures, ultrasonography was reported to have an overall accuracy of 96%, with a positive predictive value of 95% and a negative predictive value of 96%. Ultrasonography caused no more discomfort than radiography. [27, 28, 29, 30]

In addition, bedside ultrasonography requires minimal formal training and may reduce the length of stay in the emergency department. [27]


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