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Collarbone Fracture

Alternate Names : Clavicle Fracture, Broken Collarbone

Overview, Causes, & Risk Factors | Symptoms & Signs | Diagnosis & Tests | Prevention & Expectations | Treatment & Monitoring

A collarbone fracture is a break that occurs in the collarbone, also called the clavicle. The collarbone is the bone that connects the breastbone, also called the sternum, to the shoulder blade.

What is going on in the body?

The collarbone is a long, narrow, S-shaped, solid bone. Because of its location and shape, it can be injured when the arm, elbow, or shoulder suffers any trauma. The collarbone is located in front of a number of key nerves and blood vessels. Rarely, these nerves and blood vessels may be injured when the collarbone is broken.

What are the causes and risks of the condition?

A collarbone fracture is often caused by a fall. Trauma may also occur during contact sports, such as ice hockey, football, or wrestling. Other causes may include:

  • a tumor in the collarbone
  • conditions that cause weak bones, such as osteoporosis
  • physical abuse, including child abuse or elder abuse
  • A newborn's collarbone may be broken during birth as the child travels through through the birth canal.


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    Collarbone Fracture: Symptoms & Signs

    Author: Eileen McLaughlin, RN, BSN
    Reviewer: Adam Brochert, MD
    Date Reviewed: 07/05/01

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