Disorders of the sternoclavicular joint

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 2008 Jun;90(6):685-96. doi: 10.1302/0301-620X.90B6.20391.


The sternoclavicular joint is vulnerable to the same disease processes as other synovial joints, the most common of which are instability from injury, osteoarthritis, infection and rheumatoid disease. Patients may also present with other conditions, which are unique to the joint, or are manifestations of a systemic disease process. The surgeon should be aware of these possibilities when assessing a patient with a painful, swollen sternoclavicular joint.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Acquired Hyperostosis Syndrome / diagnosis
  • Adult
  • Arthritis / diagnosis*
  • Arthritis, Infectious / diagnosis
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations / diagnostic imaging
  • Joint Dislocations / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Sternoclavicular Joint* / anatomy & histology
  • Sternoclavicular Joint* / injuries
  • Sternoclavicular Joint* / surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed