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Open Reduction and Internal Fixation of Acromion Fractures Using a Precontoured Distal Clavicle Plate: A Technical Trick

Almzayyen, Mohammed I. MD*; Lesiak, Alex C. MD*; Morwood, Michael P. MD; Endres, Nathan K. MD*

Techniques in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery: December 2013 - Volume 14 - Issue 4 - p 88–91
doi: 10.1097/BTE.0000000000000004

Acromion fractures are uncommon and the indications for surgery are not well established. A variety of fixation methods have been described for the operative treatment of acromion fractures. The optimal method of fixation has not been determined. Successful results have been described with multiple techniques. We present a technique for open reduction and internal fixation of acromion fractures utilizing a precontoured plate designed for the treatment of distal clavicle fractures. We have found this to be a reproducible technique in a small series of patients, which has led to very satisfactory clinical results.

*Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Burlington, VT

Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Duke University, Durham, NC

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: Nathan K. Endres, MD, Department of Orthopaedics & Rehabilitation, University of Vermont College of Medicine, 95 Carrigan Drive, 402 Stafford Hall, Burlington, VT 05405 (e-mail:

© 2013 by Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.