Which exams are performed prior to attempting reduction of posterior shoulder dislocations?

Updated: Aug 17, 2018
  • Author: Anantha K Mallia, DO, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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A complete neurovascular examination should be performed for these dislocations as well, though the incidence of neurovascular injuries is lower with posterior dislocations than with anterior dislocations. [9] Posterior shoulder dislocations are commonly associated with posterior glenoid rim fractures and anterior compression fractures of the humeral head.


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