Restraining patients and shoulder dislocations during seizures

John C. DeToledo, Meredith R. Lowe, R. Eugene Ramsay

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We describe 3 patients whose shoulders dislocated as the movements of the arm were restricted during a generalized tonic clonic seizure over an 18-month period. The first patient had both shoulders dislocated when observers sat on his arms during the convulsion. The second patient had a convulsion while in a forced lateral decubitus position and dislocated the shoulder on that side. The third patient dislocated the shoulder and fractured the acromion as she was held by her arms in a chair during a convulsion. Despite the large number of patients with refractory epilepsy under our care, no cases of spontaneous shoulder dislocation occurred during that period of time.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)300-302
Number of pages3
JournalJournal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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