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Case Reports in Emergency Medicine
Volume 2016, Article ID 2409894, 3 pages
http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/2409894
Case Report

Pneumothorax Caused by an Isolated Midshaft Clavicle Fracture

Faculty of Medicine of Tunis, Tunis El-Manar University, Regional Hospital of Zaghouan, Street of Republic, 1100 Zaghouan, Tunisia

Received 20 March 2016; Revised 28 March 2016; Accepted 29 March 2016

Academic Editor: Aristomenis K. Exadaktylos

Copyright © 2016 Najla Feriani et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.

Abstract

Patients with isolated clavicle fractures are frequent in the emergency department. However, unusual clavicle fractures complications, such as pneumothorax, are rare. Previous reports indicated that all pneumothorax cases were treated via performing thoracostomy. Conservatively, the treatment of the clavicle fracture, like in our case, was successful. Despite the fact that isolated clavicle fractures rarely cause complications and generally heal with immobilization, serious complications may occur requiring urgent treatment. It has been proven that physical examinations, with particular attention to the neurovascular and chest examinations, and radiographs of the clavicle are necessary to prevent overlooking these potentially dangerous complications.