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Fracture of the Scapula with Intrathoracic Penetration. A Case Report*
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Investigation performed at the Orthopaedic Trauma Service, University of Missouri Hospitals and Clinics, Columbia
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 1997 Jul 01;79(7):1076-8
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Fracture of the scapula is a rare injury in adolescents. The most common etiology is a motor-vehicle accident or another type of high-velocity blunt trauma. There is a high prevalence of associated injuries, many of which may be life-threatening. Operative treatment has been recommended only in the case of a displaced fracture of the glenoid neck or step-off within the glenohumeral joint. We report an additional operative indication: a fracture of the body of the scapula with penetration of the thoracic cavity by a fracture fragment. Our search of the literature did not reveal any previous report of this injury.
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