22 y/o man injured shoulder body surfing
msk plain fracture scapula
A complex displaced fracture of the body of the scapula is noted. The anatomy is best displaced by 3D reconstructed CT images of the scapula as shown below. The first and second images are from posterior; the third is an anterior view.
Fractures of the scapula are infrequent, most often occuring in the body. The cause of a fracture in this part of the scapula is usually the result of direct trauma and is frequently associated with rib fractures and pneumothorax (though not in this case). This patient elected to have internal reduction and fixation as a result of continued pain.