Lightbulb sign - posterior shoulder dislocation

Case contributed by Dr Mohammad Taghi Niknejad

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Trauma

Patient Data

Age: 25 years
Gender: Male

Posterior dislocation of the right shoulder on frontal projection can be difficult to identify. Note the poor congruency of the glenohumeral line, not forming a nice lens, and the lightbulb shape of the rotated humeral head. 

Case Discussion

The humeral head is forced into internal rotation as it dislocates posteriorly, giving appearance of a lightbulb (see lightbulb sign)

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Case information

rID: 20570
Case created: 26th Nov 2012
Last edited: 8th Feb 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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