Scapular malunion in a Vietnam War veteran: Superior medial angle of the scapula impinging on the clavicle

Scott M. Sorenson, April D. Armstrong

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Abstract

Case: Scapular malunion can be overlooked as a source of substantial upper-extremity pain and dysfunction and can generate unnecessary studies or treatments. We present the case of a Vietnam War veteran who sustained a projectile injury in the left shoulder and had persistent symptoms limiting his activity and quality of life for a number of years until surgical resection was performed. Conclusion: Scapular malunion should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a patient presenting with persistent upper-extremity pain and weakness following scapular fracture. Making the correct diagnosis based on the history, examination, and imaging will prevent unnecessary studies and invasive procedures.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere102
JournalJBJS case connector
Volume5
Issue number4
DOIs
StatePublished - Oct 14 2015

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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