We report the case of a forty-six-year-old man with a left sternoclavicular joint infection that was treated effectively with surgical debridement, the implantation of vancomycin-loaded calcium sulfate, a partial pectoralis major muscle flap, and two weeks of intravenous antibiotics.
Sternoclavicular joint infection is a rare problem that has received little attention in the orthopaedic literature. The combined surgical procedure detailed here provided good soft-tissue coverage, avoided the potential toxic effect of prolonged systemic antibiotic therapy, and resulted in a good clinical outcome.
1Department of Orthopedics, Tongde Hospital of Zhejiang Province, 234 Gucui Road, Hangzhou, Zhejiang 310012, People’s Republic of China. E-mail address for K. Huang: firstname.lastname@example.org