Suprascapular neuropathy after distal clavicle excision.


Journal Article

Two cases of suprascapular neuropathy after excision of the distal clavicle are reported. Both patients were treated successfully with neurolysis of the suprascapular nerve starting at the upper trunk of the brachial plexus. Anatomic dissections revealed that the suprascapular nerve is quite close (<1.4 cm) to the posterior aspect of the distal clavicle, within 2 to 3 cm of the acromioclavicular joint. To avoid the complication of suprascapular neuropathy that could be associated with this close relationship, it is recommended that no more than 1 cm of the distal clavicle be removed posteriorly. It is also recommended that minimal periosteal elevation should be performed on the posteroinferior border of the distal clavicle.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Mallon, WJ; Bronec, PR; Spinner, RJ; Levin, LS

Published Date

  • August 1996

Published In

Start / End Page

  • 207 - 211

PubMed ID

  • 8769453

Pubmed Central ID

  • 8769453

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 0009-921X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1097/00003086-199608000-00025


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States