J Emerg Med 2019 Oct 30. Epub 2019 Oct 30.
Department of Emergency Medicine, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan; Department of Pharmacology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Background: Shoulder pseudodislocation, or "drooping shoulder," presents with acute pain and deformity of the joint, with radiographs demonstrating inferior subluxation of the humeral head relative to the glenoid fossa. The diagnosis must be made promptly and distinguished from true glenohumeral dislocation, both to avoid unnecessary attempts at closed reduction and to facilitate investigation of the underlying cause, which may include septic arthritis, hemarthrosis, or other emergent etiologies. Point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) may be useful in the evaluation of emergency department (ED) patients with suspected pseudodislocation. Read More