Posterior prosthetic shoulder dislocation

Case contributed by Dr Tom O'Graphy


Wrong move (no fall or major trauma), sudden shoulder pain and inability to move the arm, no vascular or neurologic complication but intense pain and arm blocked against chest.

Patient Data

Age: 50
Gender: Female


No fracture, shoulder prosthesis, dislocation of the humeral head posteriorly to the glenoid, better seen on the lateral view.

Case Discussion

Since the dislocation mechanism appeared to be a wrong move, attempted reduction was performed under analgesia and conscious sedation, but this one failed and required the assistance of orthopedic surgeon under general anesthesia.

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Case information

rID: 38453
Published: 20th Jul 2015
Last edited: 14th Sep 2015
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