Anterior shoulder dislocation

Case contributed by Assoc Prof Frank Gaillard


Fall during sport. Now unable to move shoulder.

Patient Data

Age: Adult

X-rays demonstrate anterior and inferior dislocation of the glenohumeral joint without evidence of a fracture. 

Case Discussion

Typical appearances of an anterior glenohumeral dislocation. 

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: 9158
Published: 20th Mar 2010
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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