Bilateral shoulder dislocation

Case contributed by Dr Ian Bickle


Fall from a stepladder. Enters accident and emergency as polytrauma.

Patient Data

Age: 65 years
Gender: Male

Heart size normal.  Lungs clear.

Normal mediastinal contours.

Medial displacement of both humeral heads.


Dedicated shoulder radiographs

Bilateral anterior shoulder dislocations.  No fracture.

Case Discussion

Bilateral shoulder dislocation is a pretty unusual occurrence and the chest x-ray even more so.

Both shoulders were relocated following manipulation.


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Case information

rID: 76107
Published: 22nd Apr 2020
Last edited: 22nd Apr 2020
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