Why is neurovascular exam required before and after reduction of shoulder dislocations?

Updated: Aug 17, 2018
  • Author: Anantha K Mallia, DO, FACEP; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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Answer

Most neurovascular injuries are caused by the dislocation itself, but they can be induced or exacerbated by attempted reduction. A conscientious neurovascular examination, both before and after reduction, is important for documenting the presence and alteration of these injuries.


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