Irreducible anterior dislocation of the shoulder due to soft tissue interposition of subscapularis tendon

Skeletal Radiol. 2008 Jan;37(1):63-5. doi: 10.1007/s00256-007-0370-y. Epub 2007 Oct 3.


The shoulder joint is the most unstable joint in the body and is easily dislocated. Anterior shoulder dislocation is the commonest and can be associated with glenoid and humeral fractures. Anterior shoulder dislocations are not infrequently associated with cuff tendon tears; however, anterior shoulder dislocation is easily reducible. Irreducible anterior dislocation of the glenohumeral joint is uncommon, and this could be due to bony as well as soft tissue causes. Persistent anterior dislocation due to torn subscapularis interposition in the glenohumeral joint is very rare, and only a few operative cases have been reported in the literature. We present MR features of one such case and a literature review.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidental Falls
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging
  • Male
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Rotator Cuff / pathology*
  • Rotator Cuff / surgery
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries*
  • Shoulder Dislocation / diagnosis*
  • Shoulder Dislocation / etiology
  • Shoulder Dislocation / surgery
  • Shoulder Joint / injuries
  • Shoulder Joint / pathology
  • Shoulder Joint / surgery
  • Shoulder Pain / etiology
  • Tendon Injuries / complications*
  • Tendon Injuries / diagnosis
  • Tendon Injuries / surgery