Biker hit by car…

August 12, 2013

Arm XR, Orthopedics, Trauma, XR

This is a humerus radiograph of a biker who was “clipped” by a car and fell on their side:

Humerus fx 2Humerus fx 1

The image shows a comminuted fracture of the proximal humerus.  It is important, as discussed on past posts, to ensure the axillary nerve is intact as well as the axillary artery.  The other important consideration in this case is obtaining a “Y” or “Axillary” view of the shoulder to make sure you aren’t missing a dislocation either anterior or posterior to the glenoid fossa.

Author:  Russell Jones, MD

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