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Suprascapular nerve entrapment in an arthrodesed shoulder
Suprascapular nerve entrapment is rarely considered as
a cause of shoulder pain. We report relief of pain in an
arthrodesed shoulder by decompression of the nerve.
Case report. An epileptic man in his 20s developed
painful post-traumatic arthritis after delayed diagnosis
of a posterior dislocation of his left shoulder. Four years
later he had a successful arthrodesis and his pain was
One year after the operation he complained of
aching pain in the scapular region radiating down the
lateral side ofthe arm to the elbow. The pain was constant
but aggravated by use of the arm and the patient had
been unemployed for two years. Repeated radiographs
confirmed that the arthrodesis was sound.
The diagnosis of entrapment of the suprascapular
nerve was considered, because tenderness was maximal
over the suprascapular notch. Injections of local anaesthetic
and steroid gave prompt pain relief for one to two weeks
Suprascapular nerve entrapment in an arthrodesed shoulder.
Sj√∂str√∂m L, Mj√∂berg B.
J Bone Joint Surg Br. 1992 May;74(3):470-1.
Type: Reference Material
Author/Contact: Sj√∂str√∂m L, Mj√∂berg B.
Institution: JBJS B
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Added: Sun Nov 01 2009