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March 6, 1926

SUPPURATION OF THE SHOULDER JOINT: REPORT OF TWO CASES

JAMA. 1926;86(10):686-687. doi:10.1001/jama.1926.26720360002011a
Abstract

The two cases of abscess of the shoulder joint here reported are of interest in that one case illustrates the results of neglecting to operate until destruction of joint structures has occurred, while the other shows the effects of comparatively early treatment.

REPORT OF CASES 

Case 1.  —A boy, aged 16, seen, Jan. 18, 1924, had injured his right shoulder severely in a football game during October, 1923. A roentgen-ray examination at the time disclosed no fracture. The shoulder continued to be very painful, and during December, two months after the injury, a marked swelling of the part developed. This received no treatment except by a chiropractor, until I saw the patient four weeks later. Examination at this time showed a considerably emaciated boy, with a marked swelling of the right shoulder, especially prominent on the anterior aspect, giving a sensation of fluctuation. The leukocyte count was 7,500, and there

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