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SA Orthopaedic Journal

On-line version ISSN 2309-8309
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BOTHA, AH  and  DU TOIT, AB. Bilateral anterior shoulder dislocation: a case report of this rare entity. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2010, vol.9, n.4, pp.68-70. ISSN 2309-8309.

Unilateral shoulder dislocation is a common condition and often seen at trauma facilities worldwide. In general anterior shoulder dislocations are more common than posterior dislocations. Bilateral shoulder dislocations are rare and of these, bilateral posterior shoulder dislocations are more prevalent than bilateral anterior shoulder dislocations. Bilateral posterior shoulder dislocations are caused by seizures, electrical shock and hypoglycaemia. Bilateral anterior shoulder dislocation is mostly associated with trauma and most have accompanying fractures. We present a case of bilateral anterior shoulder dislocation following minor trauma, with no associated fractures.

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