What is the role of radiography in in the assessment of anterior shoulder dislocation?

Updated: Aug 17, 2018
  • Author: Anantha K Mallia, DO, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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In patients with anterior shoulder dislocations, the x-ray panel, when indicated, should include anteroposterior (AP), lateral (Y), and axillary views of the shoulder. Radiographs are generally recommended for first-time dislocations or those caused by direct trauma. Empiric reductions should be limited to those patients with clinically apparent anterior shoulder dislocation if they are neurovascularly intact and if reduction can be performed easily and rapidly.


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