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Thoracic penetration following mid-shaft clavicular fracture

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We describe a patient who sustained a widely displaced, high-energy, mid-shaft clavicular fracture in association with brachial plexus damage. The distal fragment was subsequently found to have penetrated the thoracic cavity. We describe the treatment of this rare injury with a successful outcome.

Correspondence should be sent to Mr S. D. Muller at 6 Kirkley Park, Ponteland, Northumberland NE20 0BE, UK; e-mail: s.d.muller@ncl.ac.uk

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