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Review Article

Disorders of the sternoclavicular joint

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The sternoclavicular joint is vulnerable to the same disease processes as other synovial joints, the most common of which are instability from injury, osteoarthritis, infection and rheumatoid disease. Patients may also present with other conditions, which are unique to the joint, or are manifestations of a systemic disease process. The surgeon should be aware of these possibilities when assessing a patient with a painful, swollen sternoclavicular joint.

Correspondence should be sent to Mr C. M. Robinson; e-mail: c.mike.robinson@ed.ac.uk

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