Anterior shoulder dislocation

Case contributed by A.Prof Frank Gaillard

Presentation

Painful shoulder.

Patient Data

Age: Adult
X-ray

The glenohumeral joint is non-congruent, with typical appearances of an anterior dislocation of the shoulder

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: 10983
Published: 6th Oct 2010
Last edited: 16th Apr 2018
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