Posterior shoulder dislocation

Case contributed by Dr Henry Knipe


Fall onto right shoulder.

Patient Data

Age: 27
Gender: Female

Posterior shoulder dislocation. No fracture appreciated.


Post reduction radiograph: No dislocation. No fracture appreciated.


Case Discussion

The key to deciding whether a dislocation is anterior or posterior is to identify the coracoid process, which is pointed anteriorly. If the humeral head is displaced towards this it is an anterior dislocation and if it is displaced away from it then it is a posterior dislocation. 

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Case information

rID: 36616
Case created: 2nd May 2015
Last edited: 23rd Feb 2016
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included

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