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Near-simultaneous bilateral reverse total shoulder arthroplasty for the treatment of bilateral fracture dislocations of the shoulder
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    Simultaneous bilateral RSA
    • Nicola Mondanelli, Orthopaedic Surgeon Section of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Dept. of Medicine Surgery and Neurosciences, University of Siena, Siena, Italy
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      • Stefano Giannotti, Orthopaedic Surgeon

    Dear Editor, dear Authors:

    We read the case report of Wendling et al [1] with interest. We thank the Authors for sharing their experience, and we would like to congratulate with them. Even if with low-energy trauma in elderly patients, these cases are of interest because of the frequently multiple injuries and medical comorbidities that make the case difficult to treat, for the orthopedic surgeons as well as for our colleagues the anesthesiologists. We had a similar experience with a bilateral four-part fracture of the proximal humerus in a female in her late 70s, and we were able to carry out a simultaneous bilateral reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA) thanks to stability of vital parameters during the first procedure. Our patient was barely younger than yours, had no major medical comorbidities, and had no concomitant hip fracture: that’s the reason why we could managed a simultaneous bilateral RSA, and we published it as the first case described, to our knowledge, in Literature [2], a few weeks before you did.

    Pathology was quite similar: bilateral four-part fracture over gleno-humeral eccentric osteoarthritis in our case and left four-part posterior fracture-dislocation and right three-part posterior fracture-dislocation associated to a glenoid fracture in your case. As for indication to RSA, the correct treatment of proximal humeral fractures is still not clear, with recent meta-analysis [3] confirming prior reviews [4] about no super...

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