Clinical Practice and Cases in Emergency Medicine
Bilateral Luxatio Erecta Humeri With Acute Anterior-inferior Re-dislocation
- Author(s): Kessler, Adam
- Hinkley, Jacob
- Houserman, David
- Lytle, Jacob
- Sorscher, Michael
- et al.
Luxatio erecta is a description for a specific and rare type of shoulder dislocation where the humeral head dislocates directly inferior. This rare form of glenohumeral dislocation accounts for only 0.5% of shoulder dislocations. It is even less common for both shoulders to be bilaterally dislocated inferiorly with the characteristic “hands up” posture. A limited number of these bilateral occurrences are described in the literature to date and most have been from higher energy trauma. We have described a low energy case of bilateral luxatio erecta and the reduction method used and the continued instability following successful reduction under procedural anesthesia.