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Anterior shoulder dislocation

Case contributed by Frank Gaillard
Diagnosis certain
x-ray

Anterior shoulder dislocation of the shoulder (subcoracoid type) without fracture.

Case Discussion

Anterior shoulder dislocation is by far the most common type of dislocation of the shoulder, and one of the most common joint dislocations anywhere in the body. It usually results from forced abduction, external rotation and extension.

Anterior dislocations can be further divided according to where the humeral head comes to lie:

  • subcoracoid - most common
  • subglenoid
  • subclavicular
  • intrathoracic - very rare

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