Injury to the brachial plexus by a fragment of bone after fracture of the clavicle

J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1997 Jul;79(4):534-6. doi: 10.1302/0301-620x.79b4.7552.


Clavicular fractures are occasionally responsible for lesions of the brachial plexus. The symptoms are usually delayed and due to compression by hypertrophic callus, nonunion or a subclavian pseudoaneurysm. We describe a patient in whom a displaced bone fragment was pressing on the retroclavicular part of the brachial plexus, leading to early symptoms of a lesion of the posterior cord. Internal fixation of the clavicle and external neurolysis of the brachial plexus gave an almost full recovery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Bone Transplantation
  • Brachial Plexus / injuries*
  • Brachial Plexus / surgery
  • Clavicle / injuries*
  • Clavicle / surgery
  • Electromyography
  • Fractures, Closed / complications*
  • Fractures, Closed / surgery
  • Fractures, Comminuted / complications*
  • Fractures, Comminuted / surgery
  • Humans
  • Ilium / transplantation
  • Male