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BMJ Case Rep. 2014 May 23;2014. pii: bcr2014204686. doi: 10.1136/bcr-2014-204686.

Simultaneous shoulder and elbow dislocation.

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  • 1Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Adnan Menderes University School of Medicine, Aydın, Turkey.
  • 2Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Şişli Memorial Hospital, İstanbul, Turkey.
  • 3Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, PrivateTuzla Hospital, Istanbul, Turkey.
  • 4Department of Orthopaedics and Traumatology, Antalya Education and Research Hospital, Antalya, Turkey.


Ipsilateral shoulder and elbow dislocation is very rare and only six articles are present in the literature mentioning this kind of a complex injury. With this presentation we aim to emphasise the importance of assessing the adjacent joints in patients with trauma in order not to miss any accompanying pathologies. We report a case of a 43-year-old female patient with ipsilateral right shoulder and elbow dislocation treated conservatively. The patient reported elbow pain when first admitted to emergency service but she was diagnosed with simultaneous ipsilateral shoulder and elbow injury and treated conservatively. As a more painful pathology may mask the additional ones, one should hasten to help before performing a complete evaluation. Any harm caused to the patient due to this reason would not be a complication but a malpractice.

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