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Locking plate osteosynthesis of clavicle fractures: complication and reoperation rates in one hundred and five consecutive cases

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PURPOSE: Locking plate osteosynthesis has become the preferred method for operative treatment of clavicle fractures. The method offers stable fixation, and would theoretically be associated with a low rate of fracture-related complications and reoperations. However, this remains to be explored in a large cohort, and our purpose was to assess the overall rates of complications and reoperations following locking plate osteosynthesis of mid-shaft clavicle fractures. METHODS: We identified all locking plate osteosynthesis of mid-shaft clavicle fractures operated upon in our department from January 2008 to November 2010 (n = 114). Nine patients did not attend the follow-up at our institution. The study group of 105 fractures (104 patients, 86 males) had a median age of 36 years (14-75 years). Follow-up ranged from 0.5 to 3.5 years. No patients were allowed to load the upper extremity for six weeks. By studying patient files and radiographic material, we assessed complications and reoperations. RESULTS: Overall, there were 31 cases (30 %) of plate removals for discomfort. There were five cases (5 %) of failure of osteosynthesis: two occurred early after approximately six weeks and three late after ten to 13 months postoperatively. CONCLUSION: The overall rate of failure of osteosynthesis is low (5 %). The burden of plate removals in approximately one third of patients should be included in the preoperative information.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInternational Orthopaedics
Volume37
Issue number4
Pages (from-to)689-692
Number of pages4
ISSN0341-2695
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Publication statusPublished - Apr 2013

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