When is standard closed reduction of an anterior shoulder dislocation contraindicated?

Updated: Aug 17, 2018
  • Author: Anantha K Mallia, DO, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Standard closed reduction of an anterior shoulder dislocation is absolutely contraindicated if prompt surgical consultation is indicated. [7] Contraindications include the following:

  • Subclavicular or intrathoracic dislocations
  • Associated fractures of the humeral neck - Attempts at reduction may result in avascular necrosis

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