Podcast 763: Sternoclavicular Infection - The Emergency Medical Minute

Podcast 763: Sternoclavicular Infection

Contributor: Aaron Lessen, MD

Educational Pearls:

  • Septic arthritis can occur at any joint, including the sternoclavicular joint
  • Sternoclavicular joint infections comprise 1% of all bone and joint infections¬†
  • Patients who use intravenous drugs have a higher occurrence of this type of infection compared to the general population, accounting for 17% of all sternoclavicular joint infections
  • Usual treatment includes intravenous antibiotics and, in some cases, surgery


Tapscott DC, Benham MD. Sternoclavicular Joint Infection. [Updated 2021 Dec 11]. In: StatPearls [Internet]. Treasure Island (FL): StatPearls Publishing; 2022 Jan-. Available from: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/books/NBK551721/

Summarized by John Spartz, MS4 | Edited by Erik Verzemnieks, MD


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