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Emerg Radiol. 2019 Aug;26(4):459-464. doi: 10.1007/s10140-019-01682-3. Epub 2019 Feb 23.

The floating shoulder.

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1
Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University of Maryland School of Medicine, Baltimore, MD, USA. khalatbarik@live.com.
2
Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, Yale School of Medicine, New Haven, CT, 06520-8042, USA.
3
Department of Radiology, University of Washington, 4245 Roosevelt Way NE, Box 354755, Seattle, WA, 98105, USA.

Abstract

The floating shoulder refers to a subset of complex shoulder injuries that typically occur in the setting of high-energy trauma. Identification of the full extent of complex shoulder injuries with computed tomography may have critical implications in patient management. The goals of this article are to review the anatomy, definition, imaging evaluation, and treatment of floating shoulder injuries.

KEYWORDS:

Complex shoulder girdle injuries; Floating shoulder; Scapular neck fracture; Superior shoulder suspensory complex

PMID:
30796547
DOI:
10.1007/s10140-019-01682-3

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