Global Advanced Research Journal of Medicine and Medical Sciences (GARJMMS) ISSN: 2315-5159
August 2014 Vol. 3(8), pp. 177-180
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Case Report

Bilateral shoulder pain after a generalized tonic-clonic seizure: case report of an acute undiagnosed bilateral fracture of proximal humerus

Iacopo Castellini1*, Enrico Bonicoli2, Lorenzo Andreani3, Veronica Zarra4, Michele Lisanti5

Orthopaedics and Traumatology 1st Department University of Pisa, Via Paradisa 2, Pisa, Zip Code 56121, Tuscany, Italy.

*Corresponding Author E-mail: iacopocastellini@yahoo.it; Mobile: +39 340 2618791, Phone/Fax Number: 050 996501

Accepted 06 August, 2014

Abstract

Bilateral shoulder fracture is a rare event and convulsive epileptic seizure is one of the most common causes. Detailed physical and neurovascular examination are important but shoulder’s antero-posterior and axillary radiographs are essential to reveal a possible fracture and/or dislocation. Diagnosis could be difficult and often missed because of the importance given to patient’s neurological issue. We present a case of a young man with an acute undiagnosed bilateral fracture of proximal humerus as complication of a generalized tonic-clonic seizure. After seven days we performed a surgical procedure of bilateral reduction and osteosynthesis with angular stability plate and screws.

Keywords: Shoulder dislocation; Proximal humeral fracture; Seizure.

 

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