Suprascapular neuropathy after distal clavicle excision

William J. Mallon, Peter R. Bronec, Robert J. Spinner, L. Scott Levin

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)207-211
Number of pages5
JournalClinical orthopaedics and related research
StatePublished - 1996

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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