Acromioclavicular joint injury: grade 4

Case contributed by Dr Manu Bijoor

Presentation

Driver of a motor car travelling at unknown speed collided head-on with another car; presented with pain in right shoulder.

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Female

Grade IV Dislocation of the AC joint of right shoulder.
AP view of the shoulder demonstrates disruption of the AC joint and superior displacement of the lateral end of the clavicle.Axillary view of the shoulder demonstrates the posterior displacement of the lateral end of the clavicle which is usually through the Trapezius muscle.

Case Discussion

The case presented here is a type 4 acromioclavicular joint dislocation where the lateral end of the clavicle is displaced superiorly and posteriorly into or through the trapezius muscle.

Superior displacement of the lateral end of the clavicle signifies rupture of coracoclavicular ligaments, acromioclavicular joint capsule and deltopectoral fascia.

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Case information

rID: 49834
Case created: 6th Dec 2016
Last edited: 18th Jun 2017
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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