J Korean Orthop Assoc.  2021 Feb;56(1):76-81. 10.4055/jkoa.2021.56.1.76.

Treatment of Traumatic Sternoclavicular Joint Anterior Dislocation with a Sternal Fracture

  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Daegu Fatima Hospital, Daegu, Korea


A traumatic dislocation of the sternoclavicular joint is a rare injury, and among them, anterior dislocation is more common than a posterior dislocation. Posterior dislocation is a potential risk by compressing the mediastinal structures, but an anterior dislocation has not been considered a risk. Traumatic sternoclavicular joint anterior dislocation associated with anterior angulation of a sternal fracture can develop mediastinal compression and have a risk in the same way as a posterior dislocation. This case report is about a traumatic sternoclavicular joint anterior dislocation with a sternal fracture accompanied by mediastinal compression that was treated surgically using a plate and showed relatively good clinical results. This rare case is reported along with a review of the relevant literature.


sternoclavicular joint; mediastinum; sternum; fracture; dislocation
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