Unprecedented bilateral humeral shaft fracture after cesarean section due to epileptic seizure per se


KASAPOĞLU T., YALVAÇ E. S., TAPISIZ Ö. L., KANDEMİR Ö.

Case Reports in Perinatal Medicine, vol.5, no.1, 2016 (ESCI) identifier

Abstract

Despite the fact that spontaneous (non-traumatic) bilateral humeral fractures without trauma are seen as a rare entity, especially grand mal epileptic convulsions may result in these types of fracture in the adult. A 32-year-old early postpartum patient without osteoporosis and with a history of epilepsy is presented here. She had not used anticonvulsant drugs for nearly ten years. After a convulsive epileptic attack on the day of a cesarean section, bilateral humeral shaft fractures were diagnosed on the 5th postpartum day causing bilateral shoulder pain. An earlier chest anteroposterior X-ray including the humerus would be a help in order to perform earlier diagnosis. It should be taken into consideration that humeral bone fractures may happen without any trauma especially in early postpartum patients. A high degree of suspicion should be kept in mind while treating a patient in the post-ictal phase; as, if treated promptly, treatment leads to complete functional recovery.