Early postoperative failure of a new intramedullary fixation device for midshaft clavicle fractures

David J. Wilson, Dewayne L. Weaver, Tod P. Balog, Edward D. Arrington

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The Sonoma CRx device (Sonoma Orthopedic Products, Santa Rosa, California) is a recently introduced intramedullary device with a flexible shaft that becomes rigid once actuated to allow deployment within the sigmoidal contour of the clavicular shaft. Medial intramedullary cortical purchase is obtained by grippers and lateral purchase through a locking bicortical buttressing screw. This article describes 2 cases of early hardware failure using this device. In both cases, early postoperative radiographs demonstrate adequate initial fracture reduction and implant position. Both patients sustained repeat injuries, one under low physiologic load and the other after returning to mixed martial arts 4 months postoperatively. Implant failure was noted after reinjury in both cases. Complete healing and full return to function was documented for both patients at 2 years. Proper patient selection and counseling regarding the limitations of this intramedullary fixation device are important. Biomechanical comparison of this implant to plate fixation under physiologic loads of combined axial compression and torsion may shed light on differences in fixation stability. (Figure Presented).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e1450-e1453
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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