Management of paediatric clavicle fractures--is follow-up necessary? An audit of 346 cases

Ann R Coll Surg Engl. 2002 Sep;84(5):331-3. doi: 10.1308/003588402760452457.


We investigated the incidence of complications following childhood clavicle fractures and the necessity for follow-up in fracture clinic after the first orthopaedic consultation. We found that review in fracture clinic has no impact upon the outcome of clavicle fractures and complications such as non-union, mal-union or neurovascular problems are exceptionally rare. We concluded that there is no need for follow-up of children with isolated, uncomplicated clavicle fractures. These patients should be discharged after their first assessment in fracture clinic.

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Child
  • Child, Preschool
  • Clavicle / injuries*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Fractures, Bone / etiology
  • Fractures, Bone / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Infant
  • Male
  • Medical Audit
  • Prospective Studies
  • Retrospective Studies