Introduction: Condensing osteitis of the clavicle is a benign idiopathic condition affecting the medial end of the clavicle, and is characterised by sclerosis and expansion of the clavicular head.Materials and Methods: Nine cases of condensing osteitis were reviewed. Their mean age was 37 years (range, 22 to 65 years). All patients presented with pain and swelling localised to the sternoclavicular region. The mean length of follow-up was 38 months (range, 9 to 77 months). Results: At latest follow-up, all patients had subjective improvement in their pain symptoms, but none had any subjective decrease in the swelling around the medial clavicle. Follow-up computerised tomography (CT) scans were available for analysis in 5 patients. Conclusion: The results of this study show that in the intermediate term at least, the severity of the pain appears to improve with time, although the clinical swelling over the medial clavicle does not resolve significantly. Longer follow-up will further define the long-term natural history of this rare condition.
Condensing osteitis of the clavicle is an idiopathic condition affecting the medial end of the clavicle, and is characterised by sclerosis and expansion of the inferior part of the clavicular head. The rarity of this disorder is highlighted by the experience of the senior author (SN Bell).
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