Scapular fractures

  • Jan Bartoníček
  • Michal Tuček
  • Ondřej Naňka


Scapular fractures are still a challenge in traumatology of the musculoskeletal apparatus. Their proper understanding is impossible without fundamental anatomical and clinical knowledge. A considerable part of scapular fractures is associated with other severe injuries, particularly to the chest. Essential for diagnosis and treatment of these fractures is radiographic examination, primarily both Neer projections and 3D CT reconstructions. The classifications used so far should be revised as they do not reflect real types of these fractures. Operative treatment should be considered in displaced scapular fractures. Such treatment is not urgent as these fractures may be operated on within up to 3 weeks of the primary injury. Due to the fact that this is a severe but rare injury, they should be referred to specialised centres.


Scapular fractures Classification of scapular fractures Operative treatment of scapular fractures 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Jan Bartoníček
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michal Tuček
    • 1
  • Ondřej Naňka
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of OrthopaedicsCharles University and Central Military Hospital PraguePragueCzech Republic
  2. 2.Department of AnatomyCharles UniversityPragueCzech Republic

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