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Posterior shoulder dislocation: it’s worth another look
  1. David Alao1,
  2. Suzy Emily Connor2
  1. 1Emergency Department, Plymouth NHS Trust, Plymouth, UK
  2. 2Emergency Department, University of Plymouth, Plymouth, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Alao, david.alao{at}


A 40-year-old woman presented to the emergency department with a painful left shoulder following a fall from a mountain bike. A radiograph of the clavicle and shoulder was carried out. A diagnosis of fractured left clavicle was made, which was treated conservatively in a sling. On day 3, she was reviewed in the fracture clinic and was found to still be in pain with reduced movement of the shoulder joint. A repeat radiograph of the shoulder joint showed a posterior dislocation. This required a closed reduction under general anaesthesia.

  • orthopaedics
  • emergency medicine
  • trauma
  • radiology
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  • Contributors DA reviewed the patient postprocedure in the outpatient department and wrote the first draft of the manuscript. SEC reviewed and edited the manuscript.

  • 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 Obtained.

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

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