Summary: Posterior sternoclavicular joint (SCJ) dislocations are most often stable after reduction but may be associated with significant complications related to the location of the medial head of the clavicle within the mediastinum. In rare instances, a posterior SCJ dislocation is irreducible or redislocates after a closed reduction. Because of the potential hazards related to compression of vital structures within the superior mediastinum, open reduction and internal fixation is usually required. Although open reduction is widely accepted as the method of choice, the best method for achieving stable fixation remains unanswered. We present the case of an unstable SCJ stabilized, in anatomic position, with two large-bore cannulated screws in conjunction with open reduction. We believe that the risk of hardware migration reported with the use of pins and wires and its catastrophic complications are greatly minimized using our technique.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)378-381
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of orthopaedic trauma
Issue number5
StatePublished - Jan 1 1997


  • Posterior dislocation
  • Sternoclavicular joint

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Physical Therapy, Sports Therapy and Rehabilitation


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