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Unusual Bones Articulating With the Pelvic Girdle

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Otsyeno FMT1, MBChB, MMed (Surg), FCS (ECSA), SICOT(Dip) Atinga JEO1,2, MBChB, MMed (Surg), Mch(Ortho)

  1. Kenyatta National Hospital

  2. Department of Orthopaedics, College of Health Sciences University of Nairobi

Corresponding author:

Dr. Otsyeno FMT, P.O BOX 29803 -00202, Nairobi, E-mail


We report a case of a 44 year old man who presented with right gluteal pain following trivial trauma, associated with unusual bones, with all the characteristics of clavicles articulating with the pelvic girdle. The pain on that side was completely relieved by excision of the bone.


Few local conditions offer differential diagnosis in an otherwise healthy individual. These include gluteal abscess and sciatic entrapment neuropathy (1,2). Symptomatic accessory girdle bones have been described for the pectoral girdle but none for the pelvis (3,4). Accessory pelvic bones may offer further differentials in the evaluation of buttock pain in healthy individuals.

Case Report

Mr. X was a 44 year old male who presented with right buttock pain for three weeks after he fell from a chair and landed on his right buttock. The pain was dull and non- radiating. He reported discomfort whenever he sat on a firm surface for periods lasting more than 30 minutes. There was no significant past medical or surgical history.

On physical examination, he was a middle aged man in good general condition, good nutrition and no stigmata of chronic disease. He weighed 98 Kg and was 1.72 M tall [body mass index of 33.12]. He had no lymphadenopathy, finger clubbing or jaundice. His vital signs were within normal range.

Local examination was significant for disproportionate gluteal folds. Superficial and deep palpation did not reveal the presence of masses. There was no tenderness. His haematological and biochemical investigations were all normal (Table 1).

The urinalysis was normal. Pelvic radiographs demonstrated accessory pelvic bones, with all the appearances of clavicles, articulating with the pelvic girdle. Unlike in the normal clavicle, these bones were on the posterior aspects of the innonimate bones, one articulated with the sacrum and the other with the ilium rather than the pubic symphysis (Fig. 1)

The patient was appraised of the clinical and radiological findings and counselled for surgery. He consented to surgery on the symptomatic right. Total excision of the bone, morphologically akin to the clavicle with no muscles attached to it, was performed (Fig. 2). The patient made an event free recovery. He has no pain on follow up. Histology confirmed normal bone tissue.



The clavicle or collar bone is classified as a long bone that makes up part of the shoulder girdle (pectoral girdle) (5) It receives its name from the Latin clavicula (5, 6) (“little key”) because the bone rotates along its axis like a key when the shoulder is abducted. Duplication of the clavicle has been described in only six reports based on a search of the world literature (3). In children with outer third clavicular injuries, duplication or neoclavicle formation has been documented to rarely complicate the clavicular fracture (4). These accessory clavicles have only been described in the region of the pectoral girdle (3, 4). We report a case of bilateral accessory bones, with all the appearances of clavicles, articulating with the pelvic girdle in a patient who was otherwise normal.

A search in the literature indicates that this is the first report of such an appearance. The pain seems to have been caused by the trauma suffered on the accessory bone considering that it was not as heavily covered by the gluteal musculature as is the case of the other pelvic bones.


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