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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2015 (2015), Article ID 750898, 3 pages
Case Report

Repair of Unstable Posterior Sternoclavicular Dislocation Using Nonabsorbable Tape Suture and Tension Band Technique: A Case Report with Good Results

1Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Dumlupinar University School of Medicine, 43270 Kutahya, Turkey
2Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Karaman State Hospital, 70200 Karaman, Turkey

Received 17 July 2015; Revised 10 October 2015; Accepted 18 October 2015

Academic Editor: Vinod K. Panchbhavi

Copyright © 2015 Ekrem Aydın 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.


Posterior sternoclavicular joint dislocation (PSCJD) is quite a rare condition. Nearly half of the closed reduction attempts fail due to various reasons. In this paper, we present a 25-year-old male patient who was admitted to the emergency department in our hospital after having a motor-vehicle accident. It was decided to do PSCJD after physical and imaging studies. Following necessary preparations, closed reduction was attempted with abduction-traction maneuver under general anesthesia; however, adequate stabilization could not be achieved and redislocation was detected during control. Therefore, joint was stabilized with tension band technique using 6 mm polyamide nonabsorbable type suture during open reduction. Painless and complete range of motion in shoulder was achieved at the postoperative 10th week.