Bipolar Dislocation of the Arm (Shoulder And Elbow): About One Case in an African Teaching Hospital

DA Songahir Christophe1, Korsaga Alexandre1, Tinto Sayouba1, Sawadogo Mamoudou2, *, Kafando Hamado1, Ouedraogo Anatole Jean Innocent3, Zeida Charles1, Keita Namori1, Tall Mohamed1
1 Yalgado OUEDRAOGO University Hospital, 03 BP 7022 Ouagadougou 03, Burkina Faso
2 Ouahigouya Regional University Hospital Center Ouahigouya, BP 36, Burkina Faso
3 Blaise COMPAORE University Hospital 11 BP 104 Ouagadougou CMS 11, Burkina Faso

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We report an exceptional clinical case of an ipsilateral dislocation fracture of the shoulder and right elbow, realizing a “swinging arm”. Following a violent road accident, patient S.I, a 43-year-old left-handed sports educator, presented with an antero-medial shoulder dislocation fracture and a posterolateral ipsilateral elbow fracture-dislocation. The reduction in urgency, followed by the orthopedic compression by Mayo Clinic and functional rehabilitation, allowed obtaining a good result after seven months. The ipsilateral bipolar dislocation of the shoulder and elbow is an exceptional lesional entity. Its adequate care in emergency makes it possible to obtain good anatomical and functional results.

Keywords: Fracture, Dislocation, Bipolar, Shoulder, Elbow, Swinging arm.