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What does an enlarged clavicle bone, where it meets the

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What does an enlarged clavicle bone , where it meets the sternum, Mean
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 8 years ago.
How was this diagnosed?

A CT scan?

Do you have any symptoms from this?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
lt;p>I had an e-ray. There is some soreness around the area at times .</p>
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
lt;p>I had an x-ray. There is some soreness around the area at times .</p>
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 8 years ago.
How old are you?

Do you have a history of arthritis? Or history of trauma to that area, like a dislocation?
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
I am 71 ... have started seeing signs of arthritis in my hands. No trauma to that area. Have had neck pain for years with possible disc problems.
Expert:  Dr. Mark replied 8 years ago.
OK.

Well, with a history of arthritis -- probably the most likely cause of the enlargement at the area is degenerative changes due to the sternal and clavicular joint.

Osteoarthritis due to degenerative changes at that joint can cause enlargment of the clavicle in this area, and is often associated with pain.

Other conditions, such as previous infections, previous trauma, and rarely tumors are other reasons for clavicle enlargement, so you can keep an eye on the area to ensure it isn't worsening or enlarging, and speak with your doctor about the followup for this finding.
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