Distal clavicle resorption

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Shortness of breath attending A and E. No other medical history indicated.

Patient Data

Age: 48
Gender: Female

Bilateral smooth erosions of the distal ends of the clavicles, much more pronounced on the right, with a sizeable gap at the acromioclavicular joint.

Lungs clear.

Annotated image

The distal erosion of the right clavicle (inside red circle).

Case Discussion

Various causes of bilateral distal clavicular erosions or resorption are described, perhaps the commonest being rheumatological conditions such as rhematoid arthritis and scleroderma.

It is also observed in hyperparathyrodism, cleidocranial dysostotis and trauma, albeit the later is usually unilateral.

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Case information

rID: 45928
Published: 18th Jun 2016
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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