Podcast 671: Scapula Fractures - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 671: Scapula Fractures

Contributor:  Adam Barkin, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Represents less than 1% of all fractures that occur, although it has a significant mortality rate of 2-5%
  • Typically occurs in high-energy trauma and are commonly associated with high injury severity scores and other fractures
  • Concomitant Injuries:
    • 50% have rib fracture
    • 25% have clavicle fracture
    • 30% have a spine fracture
    • 5% have a brachial plexus injury
    • 40% have a pulmonary contusion
    • 30% have a pneumothorax
    • 34% have a head injury
    • 11% have a vascular injury


Cole PA, Freeman G, Dubin JR. Scapula fractures. Curr Rev Musculoskelet Med. 2013;6(1):79-87. doi:10.1007/s12178-012-9151-x

Summarized by John Spartz, MS3 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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