Traumatic scapulothoracic dissociation: case report

J Trauma. 1991 Jan;31(1):147-9.


A 23-year-old man suffered traumatic scapulothoracic dissociation (TSD) in a car-vs.-bicyclist accident. TSD is a devastating forequarter injury characterized by brachial plexus damage, major upper extremity musculoskeletal disruption, and exsanguinating hemorrhage: our patient survived a hematocrit of 7. Prompt recognition and aggressive management of TSD's multiple injuries are crucial.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Accidents, Traffic
  • Adult
  • Arm Injuries* / pathology
  • Arm Injuries* / surgery
  • Brachial Plexus / injuries
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Multiple Trauma* / surgery
  • Shoulder Injuries*
  • Thoracic Injuries* / pathology
  • Thoracic Injuries* / surgery