A continuum between scapulothoracic dissociation and traumatic forequarter amputation: A review of the literature

Academic Article


  • Both traumatic forequarter amputation and scapulothoracic dissociation are rare and life-threatening injuries. We present the case of a 31-year old woman who was ejected from a car after a motor vehicle accident and sustained an apparent partial forequarter amputation. Upon examination her injury was found to share many characteristics with a scapulothoracic dissociation injury. With both injuries mortality is high and prompt diagnosis and treatment imperative. By viewing scapulothoracic dissociation and forequarter amputation as a continuum faster recognition and appropriate treatment may be implemented for these devastating injuries.
  • Authors

    Published In

  • American Surgeon  Journal
  • Author List

  • Estrada LS; Alonso J; Rue LW
  • Start Page

  • 868
  • End Page

  • 872
  • Volume

  • 67
  • Issue

  • 9