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Revista Brasileira de Ortopedia
Print version ISSN 0102-3616
SILVA, Luís Pires et al. Bilateral anterior glenohumeral dislocation: clinical case. Rev. bras. ortop. [online]. 2011, vol.46, n.3, pp.318-320. ISSN 0102-3616. http://dx.doi.org/10.1590/S0102-36162011000300016.
Bilateral anterior glenohumeral dislocation is a rare occurrence. We present a case of bilateral anterior glenohumeral dislocation caused by a fall. The interest in publishing this case is that this is a clinical rarity with few cases reported in the literature. An 89-year-old female patient was brought to the emergency department after a fall, complaining of intense pain in both shoulders and inability to move them. Objective examination showed clinical signs giving the suspicion of bilateral anterior glenohumeral dislocation, which was confirmed by x-ray imaging. Both dislocations were successfully reduced in the emergency department using the modified Milch technique. When a synchronous and symmetrical force has acted on both shoulders and these are painful with significant functional limitation, the suspicion of bilateral glenohumeral dislocation is a differential diagnosis to be considered, even though it is rare.
Keywords : Shoulder Dislocation; diagnosis; Shoulder Dislocation; etiology; Shoulder Dislocation; therapy; Female; Adults; Aged.