[Characteristics of fractures of the distal part of the clavicle in children]

Published online: Sep 27 1994

C Dartoy, B Fenoll, R Paule, D Le Nen, D Colin, and M Thoma.

Service de Chirurgie P├ędiatrique, CHU Morvan, Brest, France.


Fractures of the clavicle are frequent in children and mostly affect the middle third. On the other hand, traumatic fractures of both medial and lateral thirds of the clavicle are rare. The lesions have special characteristics: difficulty in diagnosis for the medial third; risk of callus formation in the absence of surgical reduction of the lateral third. The authors report two observations of fractures of the medial and lateral thirds of the clavicle; they insist on the value of investigation by CT scan.