To our knowledge, intrathoracic displacement of a fractured scapula has only been described in two reports involving adolescents1,2. We present the case of a skeletally mature adult with a scapular fracture that penetrated the thoracic cage without causing a pneumothorax. We speculate as to how the adult scapula can deform in a manner consistent with this rare injury. As the patient had advanced Alzheimer disease, the family consented to the publication of data concerning this case.
Schwartzbach, C. C.,
Ross, A. E.,
Hendershot, K. M.,
& Maekzadeh, A.
(2006). Fracture of the Scapula with Intrathoracic Penetration in a Skeletally Mature Patient. The Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery, 88 (12), 2735-2738.