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Managing Shoulder Injuries in the Emergency Department: Fracture, Dislocation, and Overuse

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  • Imaging for clavicle fracture should consist of a minimum of 2 views: AP view and serendipity view. The serendipity view is aimed 30°-45° cephalad.
  • While most clavicular fractures are treated conservatively, there is a recent trend toward operative intervention, especially for midshaft fractures, due to improved functional outcomes.
  • Scapular fractures—even moderately displaced ones—are often managed conservatively, though there has been a trend toward increased operative fixations in these fractures, as well.

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  • Lenza M, Belloti JC, Andriolo RB, et al. Conservative interventions for treating middle third clavicle fractures in adolescents and adults. Cochrane Database Syst Rev. 2014(5):CD007121. (Systematic review; 3 trials, 354 patients) DOI:
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Richard Pescatore, DO; Andrew Nyce, MD

Peer Reviewed By

John Munyak, MD; Mark Silverberg, MD, FACEP, MMB

Publication Date

June 1, 2018

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