Inferior subluxation of the humerus

Case contributed by Mr Andrew Murphy

Presentation

Patient suffered drug overdose and was subsequentially rolled onto her side with her arm underneath in a fixed flexed position for roughly 25 hours

Patient Data

Age: 27 years
Gender: Female

There is an inferior subluxation of the proximal humeral head to the glenoid. 

Case Discussion

Inferior subluxation of the humeral head is known as 'drooping' shoulder, the aetiology of such an injury varies from trauma to postoperative complications 1
It is critical to differentiate this pathology from a genuine fracture dislocation of the shoulder. 

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Case information

rID: 46450
Case created: 5th Jul 2016
Last edited: 26th Sep 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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