Mechanical failure of plate breakage after open reduction an
Plate breakage is one form of construct failure after a clavicle fracture treated with an open reduction and plate fixation. A recent study evaluated construct failure after an open reduction and plate fixation and reported a construct failure rate of 6.9% of which 1.9% were related to broken plates. Plate breakage is rare, thus, there are insufficient data regarding risk factors, pathogenesis, or how to avoid it.

This case report presents an unusual case of a 35-year-old Caucasian man, 7 weeks after open reduction and internal plate fixation of a fracture in the middle third of his clavicle, who developed breakage of the implant. Surgery was advised, the implant was retrieved, the fracture was reduced, and a new bridging locking plate was implanted.

Source: Journal of Medical Case Reports 2019 13:127

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