Scapulothoracic fusion for painful winging of the scapula in nondystrophic patients

Authors: Jeon IH, Neumann L, Wallace W A

References: Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery- 2005 7 (Vol. 14, Issue 4):400-406

A modified technique of scapulothoracic fusion was used in 6 patients who did not have muscular dystrophy and who were later evaluated clinically. The cause of the painful winging of the scapula was traumatic disruption of the trapezius and the accessory nerve in 3 patients, injury to the brachial plexus in 2, and Sprengel’s deformity in 1. To obtain fusion, double wires were passed around each of 4 ribs. A Rush pin was then contoured to fit the curvature of the scapula, and the wires were passed through the scapula and tied over the Rush pin with bone graft. The mean age of the patients was 30 years (range, 22–39 years), with a mean follow-up of 49 months. The mean increase in elevation was 18° with significant pain relief. The medium-term results showed that this operation was successful in achieving stability of the scapula while improving pain and function in patients without facioscapulohumeral dystrophy.


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