Long bicipital tendon of the shoulder: Normal anatomy and pathologic findings on MR imaging

S. J. Erickson, S. W. Fitzgerald, S. F. Quinn, G. F. Carrera, K. P. Black, T. L. Lawson

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Abstract

The tendon of the long head of the biceps muscle (long bicipital tendon) has a complex course from its muscle belly to its insertion onto the supraglenoid tubercle/glenoid labrum. It is stabilized by numerous tendinous and ligamentous structures and is, in turn, partly responsible for maintenance of normal glenohumeral function. In this report we describe the anatomy of this tendon, correlating high-resolution MR images with cryomicrotome sections. We illustrate typical MR findings in pathologic conditions affecting the long bicipital tendon sheath, the substance of the tendon, and finally the tendon position.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1091-1096
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Roentgenology
Volume158
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - 1992

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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