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displacement of a bone from a joint; called also luxation. The most common ones involve a finger, thumb, shoulder, or hip; less common are those of the mandible, elbow, or knee. Symptoms include loss of motion, temporary paralysis of the joint, pain, swelling, and sometimes shock. Dislocations are usually caused by a blow or fall, although unusual physical effort may also cause one. A few dislocations, especially of the hip, are congenital, usually from a faulty construction of the joint, and are best treated in infancy with a cast and possibly surgery.

A dislocation should be treated as a fracture when first aid is administered. First aid includes checking for a pulse distal to the location and keeping the patient as still as possible. The patient is moved as a whole unit on a long board or a stretcher. As soon as possible the dislocation must be reduced by a surgeon.
Shoulder dislocation.
complete dislocation one in which the surfaces are entirely separated.
compound dislocation one in which the joint communicates with the outside air through a wound.
congenital dislocation of the hip a former name for developmental dysplasia of the hip.
pathologic dislocation one due to disease of the joint or to paralysis of the muscles.
simple dislocation one in which there is no communication with the air through a wound.
Miller-Keane Encyclopedia and Dictionary of Medicine, Nursing, and Allied Health, Seventh Edition. © 2003 by Saunders, an imprint of Elsevier, Inc. All rights reserved.

complete dislocation

A dislocation that separates the surfaces of a joint completely.
See also: dislocation
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This type of incomplete instability is termed subluxation, as opposed to a complete dislocation where the bones of the shoulder joint do not spontaneously realign.
Eskola and coworkers prospectively randomized 86 patients with complete dislocation of the acromioclavicular joint verified into either transfixation with two smooth Kirschner wires, two threaded Kirschner wires, or one cortical screw (Bosworth Screw).
Complete dislocation and fracture of vertebral column is reported rarely.
This leads to complete dislocation, while the externally rotated leg is placed in an aseptic bag on the opposite side of the operating table.
At birth, the femoral head is at its most shallow, (9) and with an 'abnormal' hip posture and general joint laxity this can result in subluxation or complete dislocation. In the weeks following birth, growth of the acetabulum increases significantly, but depends on an enlocated, stable femoral head.
de Ruiter, "Complete dislocation of the trapezium multangulum majus," The Netherlands Journal of Surgery, vol.
In type three, a complete dislocation of the AC joint is present and clavicle is subluxated in both directions (Fig.1).
The elbow pivots on the intact anterior band of the MCL, which allows complete dislocation by a posterolateral rotatory mechanism.

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