Posterior shoulder fracture-dislocation

Case contributed by Henry Knipe


Motor bike collision.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

Comminuted fracture of the proximal humerus with posterior dislocation of the humeral head. 

Comminuted, displaced and impacted fracture of the proximal left humerus, extending from the anatomical neck to the surgical neck. Posterior dislocation of the humeral head relative to the glenoid cavity (with further locking/impaction). 

Case Discussion

Posterior shoulder fracture-dislocations are rare, and most often result from high energy trauma. The anatomical neck is the most common site of fracture associated with posterior dislocations. 

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