Comminuted midshaft clavicular fractures


Clavicle fractures are common in the daily routine of emergency departments. When reporting them, we should not forget to describe: 

  • location of the fracture along the shaft
  • angulation and fracture end displacement (including direction)
  • comminution
  • associated findings and relevant negatives
    • acromioclavicular joint and sternoclavicular joint alignment
    • coracoclavicular distance
    • glenohumeral joint
  • associated traumatic injuries
    • rib fractures
    • vertebral fractures
    • scapular fractures (floating shoulder)
    • pneumothorax