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Original Article
January 1972

Retrosternal Dislocation of the Clavicle

Author Affiliations

New Haven, Conn
From the Section of Orthopaedic Surgery, Department of Surgery, Yale University School of Medicine, New Haven, Conn.

Arch Surg. 1972;104(1):35-37. doi:10.1001/archsurg.1972.04180010029007

In four cases of retrosternal dislocation of the clavicle, clinical examination was inconclusive and the diagnosis was best made by x-ray laminography. Three joints were reduced and stabilized surgically. In each case the capsule and articular structures remained attached to the manubrium and the denuded inner clavicle lay well behind the sternum. Varying methods of fixation were employed, and motion was begun in six weeks in each instance. Recovery was complete in a few months.