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Clin Should Elbow. 2012 Jun;15(1):43-51. Korean. Review.
Oh JH , Choi HY .
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Seoul National University College of Medicine, Seoul National University Bundang Hospital, Korea. hoho@nate.com
Abstract

PURPOSE: We sought to determine the appropriate management modality for clavicle fracture through the review of current literature. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This article provides an overview of the knowledge regarding clavicular fracture in adults, including epidemiology, classification, surgical indication, current technique, and results. We also addressed recent debates: the range of the surgical indication for mid-clavicular fracture and the introduction of anatomically precontoured plate as a new treatment modality. RESULT AND CONCLUSION: Nonsurgical treatment has been regarded as the first choice in the management of clavicle fractures. Quite recently, mounting evidence has shown that adverse outcomes, after a nonsurgical treatment, such as nonunion and malunion, were more prevalent than previously assumed. Accordingly, the indications for surgical fixation appear to be broadening. However, given that the ideal treatment option remains to be determined, the appropriate treatment of clavicle fractures should be tailored based on careful assessment of individual patient's data and preference.

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