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Conservative treatment of a closed fracture of the clavicle complicated by pneumothorax: a case report.
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PMID:  16185006     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Isolated clavicle fractures are frequently encountered in the accident and emergency department. Complications of isolated clavicle fractures are rare. Pneumothorax as a complication of a clavicle fracture has only been reported five times in English literature. In all five cases the pneumothorax was treated by a thoracostomy and the clavicle fracture was treated conservatively. In our case, both pneumothorax and clavicle fracture were treated conservatively with good result. Although isolated clavicle fractures rarely present with complications and normally heal with routine immobilisation, we must be aware of the serious complications that may occur, which require urgent treatment. Thorough history, physical examination, with particular attention to the neurovascular and chest examinations and radiographs of the clavicle are necessary to prevent overlooking these potentially serious complications.
Pascal Steenvoorde; Arno P W van Lieshout; Jacques Oskam
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Acta orthopaedica Belgica     Volume:  71     ISSN:  0001-6462     ISO Abbreviation:  Acta Orthop Belg     Publication Date:  2005 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2005-09-27     Completed Date:  2005-10-20     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  2985165R     Medline TA:  Acta Orthop Belg     Country:  Belgium    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  481-3     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, Rijnland Hospital Leiderdorp, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Clavicle / injuries*,  radiography
Fractures, Closed / complications*,  radiography,  therapy*
Middle Aged
Pneumothorax / complications*,  radiography

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