Ipsilateral Shoulder and Elbow Dislocation : Case report

Vol 32| Issue 2 | July – Dec 2019 | page: 59-61| Raphael Thomas, M Raffic, Anoop S

Authors: Raphael Thomas[1], M Raffic[1], Anoop S[1]

[1]Department of Orthopaedics, Sree Gokulam Medical College, Venjaramoodu, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.

Address of Correspondence
Dr. Anoop S,
Sree Gokulam Medical College, Venjaramoodu, Trivandrum, Kerala, India.


Background: The most commonly dislocated joint in the body is the Shoulder, followed by Elbow. A very rare presentation has both these dislocations on the ipsilateral side and only a few cases of these have been reported. In most cases which have been reported, Shoulder dislocation was initially missed and later diagnosed.
This case report is of a 70 year old Female patient who came to our Casulaty following slip and fall at home and sustained injury to the Right Upper Limb. Initially patient was diagnosed to have Right Elbow Fracture Dislocation. Xray was taken and reduction of elbow dislocation was done in the Casualty. After reduction of the elbow dislocation, one joint above and one joint below the injury was done and patient had complaints of pain over the Right Shoulder and Xray of Right Shoulder was taken and it showed Anterior Dislocation of Right Shoulder. This is a rare presentation of Ipsilateral Shoulder and Elbow Dislocation. The Shoulder Dislocation was reduced and an Above Elbow POP Slab was applied on the Right Upper Limb. Patient was reviewed at 2 weeks, 4 weeks, 1.5 months, 3 months and at 6 months. In the initial 4 weeks patient was on Above Elbow POP slab and it was removed at 4 weeks and shoulder and elbow joints were mobilized. Patient came for review again after 1.5 months, 3 months and 6 months and Range of Movement at the Shoulder and Elbow joints were assessed at each visit.
Conclusion: Ipsilateral dislocation of shoulder and elbow are uncommon and can be treated conservatively with good results. The Shoulder and Elbow range of movement was assessed at 4 weeks, 1.5 months, 3 months and 6 months and ROM of Elbow and Shoulder were found to be satisfactory.
Keywords: Shoulder, Elbow, Dislocation, Ipsilateral, Rare Case Report.


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How to Cite this Article: Thomas R, Raffic M, Anoop S | Ipsilateral Shoulder and Elbow Dislocation : Case report| Kerala Journal of Orthopaedics | July – Dec 2019; 32(2): 59-61 .

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