Jaggard et al reported clinical findings in a patient with a posterior dislocation (Grade III sprain) of the sternoclavicular joint. The authors are from Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust, St. Mary's Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary.


Clinical findings may include:

(1) compression of the brachiocephalic and/or subclavian vein

(2) compression of the brachiocephalic, carotid and/or subclavian artery

(3) dysphagia

(4) tracheal compression with impaired breathing

(5) tracheoesophageal fistula

(6) compression brachial plexopathy


These problems may be acute or chronic.


Some patients may present because of problems during insertion of a subclavian central venous catheter.


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