J Korean Fract Soc.  2006 Jul;19(3):329-334. 10.12671/jkfs.2006.19.3.329.

T Plate Fixation for Unstable Fracture of Distal Clavicle

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Yonsei University College of Medicine, Seoul, Korea.
  • 2Department of Orthopedic Surgery, National Health Insurance Corporation, Ilsan Hospital, Goyang, Korea. honzi@hanmail.net

Abstract

PURPOSE: To review clinical and radiological results after open reduction and internal fixation with T plate for unstable distal clavicle fractures.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
From July. 1999 to December 2002, nine patients with distal clavicle Neer type II fractures were treated by open reduction and internal fixation with T plate. The bony union was confirmed by plain radiography. The clinical results were analyzed according to the classification by Kona et al.
RESULTS
Average time to fracture union was 8 weeks in all cases. The functional results were as follows: excellent in 7 cases and good in 2 cases. Screw loosening occurred in one case, but bony union was achieved.
CONCLUSION
We recommend T plate fixation as another treatment method for unstable distal clavicle fractures.

Keyword

Distal clavicle; Unstable fracture; T plate

MeSH Terms

Classification
Clavicle*
Humans
Radiography
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