Ipsilateral dislocation of the shoulder and elbow joints with contralateral comminuted humeral fracture

Kerimoglu S. , TURGUTOGLU O., Aynaci O. , TURHAN A. U.

SAUDI MEDICAL JOURNAL, vol.27, no.12, pp.1908-1911, 2006 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 27 Issue: 12
  • Publication Date: 2006
  • Title of Journal : SAUDI MEDICAL JOURNAL
  • Page Numbers: pp.1908-1911


Ipsilateral dislocation of the shoulder and elbow joints is a rare and complex injury. During the last 25 years, only 3 cases have been reported in the literature. We report a 50-year-old woman who suffered ipsilateral elbow and shoulder dislocation with contralateral comminuted humeral fracture. Both shoulder and elbow joints were reduced, but the elbow was dislocated subsequently at follow-up. The reduction in the elbow was stabilized by a Kirschner wire that was removed at 3 weeks, and the elbow was then stable. A U-shaped coaptation splint was applied for the contralateral comminuted humeral fracture. At 6 months, she had acquired a nearly full range of motion of both shoulder and elbow with complete healing in the contralateral humerus. Although rare and complex, ipsilateral shoulder and elbow dislocation, which is the result of a high-energy trauma, can be treated conservatively.