, Volume 1, Issue 1, pp 100-102
Date: 09 Sep 2005

A Shearing Osteochondral Fracture of the Humeral Head Following an Anterior Shoulder Dislocation in a Child

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A dislocation of the shoulder joint is rare in children with an open physis. The fractures associated with an anterior dislocation generally reported in the literature have been Hill-Sachs lesions, avulsions of the greater tuberosity and glenoid fractures. We present a case of a previously unreported shearing osteochondral fracture, which is distinct from a classic Hill-Sachs lesion of the humeral head, in 12-year-old boy. The patient suffered a traumatic anterior shoulder dislocation with a spontaneous reduction along with this associated fracture. The fracture subsequently healed with no further evidence of persistent instability.