Which radiograph views should be obtained for evaluation of inferior shoulder dislocations?

Updated: Aug 17, 2018
  • Author: Anantha K Mallia, DO, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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To gain a multiplanar view of the glenohumeral joint, AP and transscapular lateral or Y views of the shoulder should be obtained. These radiographs should be taken both before and after reduction. In inferior humeral head dislocations, the humeral shaft is parallel to the spine of the scapula, with the humeral head lying inferior to the glenoid (without making contact with the glenoid). [24]


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