IS Case 187: Biceps tendon rupture
Imaging Sciences URMC 2008
Publication Date: 2009-05-22
Rupture of the distal biceps tendon is infrequent, representing less than five percent of biceps injuries overall. The vast majority of injuries occur proximally, usually involving the long head of the biceps.
Magnetic resonance imaging is helpful for surgical planning: defines the extent of the tear, reveals the quality of the tendon edges and demonstrates degree of retraction. Findings include a fluid-filled tendon sheath, absence of the tendon distally, an antecubital fossa mass and muscle edema and/or atrophy.
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