Trauma X-ray - Upper limb
Clavicle

Key points

  • Clavicle fractures result in inferior displacement of the distal component

The clavicle is the most proximal bone of the upper limb, and provides leverage and support for the shoulder girdle structures.

Clavicle - Normal appearances

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Clavicle - Normal appearances

  • Cortex intact

Clavicle fractures

A fracture of the clavicle characteristically leads to inferior displacement of the distal component - weighed down by the whole arm.

Clavicle - Fracture

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Clavicle - Fracture

  • Transverse/oblique mid shaft fracture
  • Inferior displacement of the distal clavicle