How is the patient positioned for shoulder arthrocentesis?

Updated: Nov 27, 2018
  • Author: Stephen Kishner, MD, MHA; Chief Editor: Erik D Schraga, MD  more...
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The patient should be seated in a comfortable position. For the anterior approach, the patient’s hand should be rested on his or her lap so that the shoulder is internally rotated. For the posterior approach, the patient’s hand should be placed on the contralateral shoulder.


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