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J Korean Shoulder Elbow Soc. 2008 Jun;11(1):41-45. Korean. Original Article.
Lee CW , Kim HC , Roh JY , Park YS .
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, National Medical Center, Seoul, Korea. arthrodoc@naver.com
Abstract

PURPOSE: To review the clinical and radiological results after an open reduction and internal fixation with a T-shaped LCP for unstable distal clavicle fractures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From February 2005 to June 2006, ten patients with distal clavicle Neer type II fractures were treated with an open reduction and internal fixation with a T-shaped LCP. Bony union was identified by plain radiography. The clinical results were analyzed according to the UCLA scoring system. RESULTS: The mean time to fracture union was 9weeks and union was achieved in all cases. The mean UCLA score was 33.4 (30-35); excellent in 8 cases and good in 2 cases. In one case, loosening of one distal screw was occured and mild AC joint subluxation was observed in another case. CONCLUSION: 3.5 mm T-shaped LCP fixation is a useful technique for treating unstable distal clavicle fractures. This procedure provide stable fixation with no further AC joint injury.

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