How is the degree of anesthesia determined for the reduction 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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The degree of anesthesia should be determined on a case-by-case basis, with the following patient-related factors taken into account:

  • Age
  • level of anxiety and cooperation
  • Time since injury
  • History of previous shoulder dislocations
  • History of adverse reactions to systemic analgesics, muscle relaxants, or sedatives

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