Anterior shoulder dislocation

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Presentation

Pain following fall.

Patient Data

Age: Adult
Gender: Male
X-ray

An anteroinferior shoulder dislocation is present without associated 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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Case information

rID: 7958
Published: 24th Dec 2009
Last edited: 16th Apr 2018
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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