Multidirectional voluntary glenohumeral dislocation in a 7-year-old patient: a case report.

Published online: Dec 27 2003

Papavasileiou A, Kitsis C.

Queen's Hospital, Belvedere Road, Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire, DE13 0RB.


A case of multidirectional voluntary shoulder dislocation developing at the age of seven is reported. The authors present the process that leads to the diagnosis of voluntary shoulder dislocation. The treatment of young patients with this condition is difficult. If no underlying pathology exists, most authors agree it should consist of conservative treatment and skillful neglect. The role of surgical treatment in a maturing skeleton should be reserved only if conservative treatment fails.