Stephen J. Schueler, M.D.

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Collar Bone Fracture Evaluation

Evaluation of a clavicle fracture begins with a history and physical examination.

Physical findings in a person with a clavicle fracture include:

  • Tenderness to palpation (touch) at the site
  • Bony crepitation (a crunching sensation) when you press over the fracture site
  • Swelling over the clavicle
  • Pain with motion of the shoulder joint
    • Raising the arm causes pain

Most clavicle fractures occur in the middle of the clavicle in children, and closer to the shoulder in adults.

Tests that may be used to evaluate a clavicle fracture include:
  • Clavicle x-rays

Additional tests that may be used to evaluate clavicle fracture include:

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Last Updated: Dec 8, 2010 References
Authors: Stephen J. Schueler, MD; John H. Beckett, MD; D. Scott Gettings, MD
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