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Bilateral Luxatio Erecta Humeri With Acute Anterior-inferior Re-dislocation

  • Author(s): Kessler, Adam
  • Hinkley, Jacob
  • Houserman, David
  • Lytle, Jacob
  • Sorscher, Michael
  • et al.
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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.

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