Scapulothoracic dissociation--A case report

J Indian Med Assoc. 2006 Jun;104(6):334-5.


Scapulothoracic dissociation (SCTD) is a rare clinical entity with fewer than 70 cases reported in English literature. The mechanism of injury is severe rotational force, which causes disruption of the shoulder girdle from the rest of chest wall. Frequently, SCTD produces massive blood loss as it involves major fractures of the upper extremity, disruption of muscle, brachial plexus, and vascular damage. This case report demonstrates classical radiological findings of SCTD with brachial plexus injury but with no associated vascular damage.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Acromioclavicular Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Acromioclavicular Joint / injuries*
  • Adult
  • Brachial Plexus / diagnostic imaging
  • Brachial Plexus / injuries*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Joint Dislocations / diagnostic imaging
  • Male
  • Motorcycles
  • Radiography
  • Scapula / diagnostic imaging
  • Scapula / injuries*
  • Shoulder Fractures / diagnostic imaging*
  • Sternoclavicular Joint / injuries
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / diagnostic imaging
  • Thoracic Vertebrae / injuries
  • Thoracic Wall / diagnostic imaging
  • Thoracic Wall / injuries