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Hook plate fixation of acute displaced lateral clavicle fractures: mid-term results and a brief literature overview

DOI: 10.1186/1749-799x-7-2

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To evaluate the results and long term effects in use of this plate we performed a retrospective analysis with a mean follow up of 65 months (5.4 years) of 28 consecutive patients with acute displaced lateral clavicle fractures, treated with the clavicle hook plate.Short term functional results in all patients were good to excellent. All but one patient had a united fracture (96%). Nine patients (32%) developed impingement symptoms and in 7 patients (25%) subacromial osteolysis was found. These findings resolved after plate removal. Twenty-four patients were re-evaluated at a mean follow-up period of 5.4 years. The Constant-Murley score was 97 and the DASH score was 3.5. Four patients (14%) developed acromioclavicular joint arthrosis of which one was symptomatic. Three patients (11%) had extra articular ossifications of which one was symptomatic. There was no relation between the impingement symptoms, subacromial osteolysis and development of acromioclavicular joint arthrosis or extra articular ossifications.The clavicle hook plate is a good primary treatment option for the acute displaced lateral clavicle fracture with few complications. At mid term the results are excellent and no long term complications can be addressed to the use of the plate.In the last decade, the clavicle hook plate has been used extensively [1-10]. Although this plate achieves, like most other operative techniques, a high percentage of union and a low percentage of complications, concerns about long term complications still exist, particularly the involvement of the acromioclavicular joint (ACJ) [11].To evaluate the results and long term effects in use of this plate we performed a retrospective analysis with a mean follow up of 65 months (5.4 years) of 28 consecutive patients with acute displaced lateral clavicle fractures, treated with the clavicle hook plate.All patients diagnosed with a displaced lateral clavicle fracture in our hospital from 2001 to 2008 were retrospectively assessed.Two

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