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Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 2007 Oct;127(8):651-4. Epub 2007 Apr 21.

Four-part fracture after intrathoracic displacement of the humeral head: a case report and review of the literature.

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Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Bichat Hospital, 46 rue Henri Huchard, 75018 Paris, France.


Displaced four-part fracture dislocation represents the highest risk of osteonecrosis of the humeral head due to a disruption of the blood supply. In a few cases, that dislocation can be intrathoracic which worsens prognosis with life-threatening injuries such as hemothorax or pneumothorax. This paper presents the case of a 77-year-old woman after having fallen down the stairs with an intrathoracic dislocation four-part fracture leaving the head in the thorax. We analyze mechanisms and review the literature in order to highlight this lesion and provide a take home message for the treatment.

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