Surgical versus conservative interventions for treating fractures of the middle third of the clavicle

Added November 18, 2013

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There is insufficient evidence on the effectiveness of surgical versus conservative treatments for acute middle third clavicle fractures. Treatment options must be chosen on an individual patient basis, after careful consideration of the relative benefits and harms of each intervention and of patient preferences.

The majority of clavicle fractures are treated with non-surgical interventions, however, displaced clavicle fractures maybe considered for surgical therapy. The aim of the systematic review was to assess the effectiveness (benefits and harms) of surgical versus conservative interventions for treating middle third clavicle fractures.