Surgical management of sternoclavicular joint infections.

  title={Surgical management of sternoclavicular joint infections.},
  author={Harold M. Burkhart and Claude Deschamps and Mark S. Allen and Francis C. Nichols and Daniel L. Miller and Peter C. Pairolero},
  journal={The Journal of thoracic and cardiovascular surgery},
  volume={125 4},
OBJECTIVE Sternoclavicular joint infections are rare, and their management is controversial. We reviewed our experience with the surgical management of this condition. METHODS From August 1988 to August 2001, 26 patients (16 men and 10 women) were treated surgically for infected sternoclavicular joints. The median age was 56 years (range, 20-77 years). Patients who had a recent previous median sternotomy were excluded. RESULTS All patients were symptomatic. Pain was present in 21 patients… CONTINUE READING


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