Anesthetic Management of Posterior Sternoclavicular Joint Dislocations: A Report of 2 Cases

A A Pract. 2020 Mar 1;14(5):152-154. doi: 10.1213/XAA.0000000000001171.


Posterior sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) dislocation is a rare cause of shoulder injury that can present with life-threatening mediastinal complications. This injury most commonly occurs in adolescents and young adults, and there is a lack of anesthesia literature addressing its anesthetic implications. We present 2 cases of posterior SCJ dislocations and discuss the anesthetic management and the potential for mediastinal injuries.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Anesthesia / methods*
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations / diagnostic imaging
  • Joint Dislocations / surgery*
  • Male
  • Orthopedic Procedures
  • Sternoclavicular Joint / injuries*
  • Sternoclavicular Joint / surgery
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed
  • Treatment Outcome