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Near-simultaneous bilateral reverse total shoulder arthroplasty for the treatment of bilateral fracture dislocations of the shoulder
  1. Alexander Wendling1,
  2. Matthew L Vopat1,
  3. Shang-You Yang1 and
  4. Bradley Saunders1,2
  1. 1Orthopaedic Surgery, University of Kansas School of Medicine-Wichita, Wichita, Kansas, USA
  2. 2Via Christi Clinic, Via Christi Hospital on Saint Francis, Wichita, Kansas, USA
  1. Correspondence to Dr Shang-You Yang; syang6{at}


A man in his mid-80s presented with bilateral posterior fracture dislocations of the humerus after suffering a seizure. He had Parskinson’s disease and lived with his wife at home. His left shoulder was not felt to be reconstructable. The initial treatment plan was to perform reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (rTSA) on the left and non-operatively reduce his right shoulder. A left rTSA was performed, but his right shoulder was unstable due to a glenoid fracture and soft tissue instability. In order to preserve the patient’s quality of life, a right rTSA was performed 4 days later. In the follow-up period, the patient was able to regain enough pain-free range of motion on activities of daily living. The patient died from complications of Parkinson’s disease 10 months postoperatively.

  • orthopaedics
  • orthopaedic and trauma surgery
  • shoulder instability

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  • Contributors This is the case managed by a medical team headed by BS. AW and BS substantially contributed to the conception of the work and acquisition of the clinical data. AW drafted the manuscript. MLV, S-YY and BS revised it critically for important intellectual content. All authors have approved the final version of the case report and agree to be accountable for all aspects of the work.

  • Funding The authors have not declared a specific grant for this research from any funding agency in the public, commercial or not-for-profit sectors.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Obtained.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; externally peer reviewed.