Floating Shoulder Workup

Updated: Mar 08, 2022
  • Author: Mohit N Gilotra, MD, MS, FAAOS, FAOA; Chief Editor: Murali Poduval, MBBS, MS, DNB  more...
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Laboratory Studies

Laboratory studies that may be helpful include the following:

  • Complete blood count (CBC)
  • Basic metabolic profile
  • Urinalysis

Imaging Studies

Chest radiography, a cervical spine series, and electrocardiography (ECG) often are also indicated on the basis of the history and physical examination findings.

Specific radiographic evaluation of the shoulder injury should include plain radiographs of the clavicle and the shoulder trauma series (true anteroposterior view of the glenohumeral joint, axillary view, and scapular lateral view). If concern exists regarding an intra-articular extension of the scapular neck fracture or if the scapular neck fracture is inadequately depicted on the plain films, a computed tomography (CT) scan of the scapula should be obtained.