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Endgames Spot Diagnosis

Not “just” a shoulder dislocation

BMJ 2016; 534 doi: (Published 10 August 2016) Cite this as: BMJ 2016;534:i4062
  1. Raghavendra Marappa Ganeshan, orthopaedic registrar1,
  2. Ahmed Ibrahim Bakr, senior house officer, orthopaedics2
  1. 1Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, Manchester, UK
  2. 2North Manchester General Hospital, Manchester, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Raghavendra Marappa Ganeshan{at}

A 38 year old woman injured her right shoulder during a game of netball. Her shoulder dislocation was reduced under sedation in the emergency department, and her shoulder was immobilised in a sling and she was referred to fracture clinic. She is right handed and has a desk job in an office. She mentioned that she had sustained a similar dislocation …

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