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Open Access Case report

Safe surgical technique: reconstruction of the sternoclavicular joint for posttraumatic arthritis after posterior sternoclavicular dislocation

Philip F Stahel13*, Brian Barlow2, Frances Tepolt1, Katharine Mangan2 and Cyril Mauffrey1

Author Affiliations

1 Department of Orthopaedics, Denver Health Medical Center, University of Colorado, School of Medicine, Denver, CO 80204, USA

2 Department of Orthopaedics, Naval Medical Center, San Diego, CA 92134, USA

3 Department of Orthopaedics, Denver Health Medical Center, University of Colorado, School of Medicine, 777 Bannock Street, Denver, CO 80204, USA

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Patient Safety in Surgery 2013, 7:38  doi:10.1186/1754-9493-7-38

Published: 31 December 2013

Abstract

Posttraumatic sternoclavicular arthritis related to chronic ligamentous instability after posterior sternoclavicular dislocation represents a rare but challenging problem. The current article in the Journal’s “Safe Surgical Technique” series describes a successful salvage procedure by partial resection of the medial clavicle and ligamentous reconstruction of the sternoclavicular joint with a figure-of-eight semitendinosus allograft interposition arthroplasty.