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Treatment of Displaced Mid-Clavicle Fractures by Closed Titanium Elastic Nail

DOI: 10.4236/ss.2016.72006, PP. 49-53

Keywords: Clavicle, Fracture, Closed, Titanium Elastic Nailing

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Introduction: Recently, intramedullary nailing for displaced middle third fractures of clavicle has received wide attention. Though open nailing has been widely described, closed nailing finds less mention. This paper therefore aims to study the outcome of closed titanium elastic nailing for displaced mid-clavicular fractures. Material and Methods: This was a prospective study of 34 patients with displaced middle third clavicle fracture who underwent closed intramedullary nailing with titanium elastic nail at a tertiary care centre. The operative time, length of incision, time for radiological union, pain and functional outcome after union were noted. Results: The mean operative time was 34.33 mins. The mean time of discharge was 2.25 days. The average time of radiological union was 10.23 weeks. All the patients achieved full, painless range of motion of the ipsilateral shoulder. The average Constant-Murley score at 12 months was 94.28 indicating excellent result. Conclusion: Closed titanium elastic nailing offers a safe and minimally invasive method of fixation for fractures of middle-third clavicle with excellent functional outcome.


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