Open Access Case Report Article ID: OJOR-2-109

    Case Report: Floating Elbow with Posterior Shoulder Dislocation

    Ibrahim Halil Kafadar*, Ibrahim Karaman, Ziya Emre Yalman and Ali Eray Gunay

    Shoulder dislocations are the most common joint dislocations (%50). Only 2 to 4 percent of these dislocations are posterior dislocations. Posterior dislocation of the shoulder is a rare and commonly missed injury. Also, combination of the fracture of the humerus with shoulder dislocation is a very rare injury [1-6].

    Floating elbow is also relatively rare condition and usually high-energy trauma takes place in the etiology. The floating elbow was first described in children by Stanitsky and Micheli in 1980 and then, described in adults in 1984 by Rogers [7,8]. Classical defi nition is about coexistence of the ipsilateral

    humeral diaphyseal and the forearm fracture. Also, various complications could be seen early and late in cases with floating elbow; compartment syndrome, neurovascular deficiency, limb loss etc. Consequently, floating elbow is a rare but important lesion, with possible long-term complications. Surgical treatment is universally accepted with various techniques [9-11].

    In a study which was published by Winderman in 1940, anterior shoulder dislocation associated with the humerus fracture was defi ned [1], but posterior shoulder dislocation with forearm fracture in addition to humerus fracture has not been reported yet.

    Keywords: Floating elbow; Shoulder dislocation

    Published on: Sep 7, 2017 Pages: 15-17

    Full Text PDF Full Text HTML DOI: 10.17352/ojor.000009
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