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Non-Union of the Scapular Body. A Case Report*
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Investigation performed at the Shoulder and Elbow Service, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia
J Bone Joint Surg Am, 1998 Mar 01;80(3):428-30
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Numerous authors have reported on the relative rarity of scapular fractures, the high association between such fractures and other injuries, and the infrequent necessity of operative treatment1,6-8,10,13,14. Non-operative treatment is routinely recommended for most, if not all, fractures of the scapular body10,11,15. Non-union of such a fracture is a relatively rare complication. Although there have been reports of non-unions involving the base of the coracoid process, the scapular spine, and the acromion1,11,12,15, we were unable to find a reported case of symptomatic non-union of the scapular body. We report the case of a patient who had pain and scapular dysfunction due to a non-union of the body of the scapula, which was successfully treated with open reduction and internal fixation with local bone-grafting.
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