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A continuum between scapulothoracic dissociation and traumatic forequarter amputation: a review of the literature.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11565766     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Both traumatic forequarter amputation and scapulothoracic dissociation are rare and life-threatening injuries. We present the case of a 31-year old woman who was ejected from a car after a motor vehicle accident and sustained an apparent partial forequarter amputation. Upon examination her injury was found to share many characteristics with a scapulothoracic dissociation injury. With both injuries mortality is high and prompt diagnosis and treatment imperative. By viewing scapulothoracic dissociation and forequarter amputation as a continuum faster recognition and appropriate treatment may be implemented for these devastating injuries.
L S Estrada; J Alonso; L W Rue
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Case Reports; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American surgeon     Volume:  67     ISSN:  0003-1348     ISO Abbreviation:  Am Surg     Publication Date:  2001 Sep 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-09-21     Completed Date:  2001-10-04     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0370522     Medline TA:  Am Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  868-72     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Surgery, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 35294, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Acromioclavicular Joint / injuries
Amputation, Traumatic / pathology*,  radiography,  surgery
Arm Injuries / pathology*,  radiography,  surgery
Brachial Plexus / injuries
Dislocations / pathology
Scapula / injuries*
Shoulder / injuries*

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