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SA Orthopaedic Journal

versão On-line ISSN 2309-8309
versão impressa ISSN 1681-150X

SA orthop. j. vol.7 no.1 Centurion Jan./Mar. 2008




Complicated shoulder dislocation in the elderly patient



PH LaubscherI; PG CollinII; SMA GainIII

IMBChB, MMed (Pret), FCS SA(Ortho). Shoulder Fellow, Upper Limb Unit, Centre Hospitalier Privé St Gregoire, Rennes, France
IIMD. Shoulder Surgeon, Upper Limb Unit, Centre Hospitalier Privé St Gregoire, Rennes, France
IIIPhysiotherapist. Upper Limb Unit, Centre Hospitalier Privé St Gregoire, Rennes, France

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Anterior shoulder dislocation in the elderly patient is an injury that is often neglected. Because people are retiring early and living longer than previous generations, the demands for good function remain high despite an increased age. We report on the case of a 66 year-old male patient who had sustained a right anterior shoulder dislocation, greater tuberosity fracture and brachial plexus traction injury. An aggressive approach was followed which led to a satisfactory outcome. We also review opinions expressed in literature on the management of injuries associated with shoulder dislocation in the elderly.



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