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June 22, 1929

UPWARD DISLOCATION OF ACROMIAL END OF CLAVICLE: TREATMENT BY ELASTIC TRACTION SPLINT

Author Affiliations

Lieutenant, Medical Corps, United States Navy WASHINGTON, D. C.

From the U. S. S. Relief, Hospital Ship, Battle Fleet.

JAMA. 1929;92(25):2083-2085. doi:10.1001/jama.1929.02700510013002

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Abstract

The upward dislocation of the acromial end of the clavicle is easily reduced but difficult to maintain in position after reduction has been accomplished. This difficulty prompted the making of an elastic traction splint which has given satisfactory results in five out of six consecutive cases, four of which were treated aboard the U. S. S. Relief, hospital ship of the battle fleet. This apparatus merits reporting for two reasons: First, the results obtained by its use have been far more satisfactory than those of any other nonoperative method that I have used. Second, it is inexpensive and can be efficiently made and applied by any practitioner of medicine.

It is the general belief that dislocation of the outer end of the clavicle does not result in disability even when the reduction is incomplete. This is an erroneous impression. It is true that in some partly reduced dislocations the joint

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