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SA Orthopaedic Journal

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Abstract

ALI, N et al. Simple bilateral anterior shoulder dislocation: A case report and review of the literature. SA orthop. j. [online]. 2015, vol.14, n.3, pp. 47-51. ISSN 2309-8309.  http://dx.doi.org/10.17159/2309-8309/2015/V14N3A5.

Bilateral shoulder dislocations are usually of the posterior type, which is commonly associated with seizures, electrocution or electroconvulsive therapy. Bilateral anterior shoulder dislocations are very rare and usually result from significant trauma. Simple bilateral anterior shoulder dislocations without associated fracture are much rarer and not many cases have been reported in the literature. We present a traumatic bilateral simple anterior shoulder dislocation in a 24-year-old male without any features of ligamentous laxity, and review the international literature on simple bilateral anterior shoulder dislocations. From the review we conclude that seizures are as important an aetiology of simple bilateral anterior shoulder dislocation as is trauma. Moreover, this injury is not as rare as was considered in the past.

Keywords : shoulder; dislocation; bilateral; seizures; glenoid; anterior dislocation.

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