MRI to Arthroscopy Correlations in SLAP Lesions and Long Head Biceps Pathology

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Abstract

Superior labral anterior and posterior lesions and long head biceps injury are 2 common sources of shoulder pain. The presenting complaints and physical examination findings for these etiologies are often nonspecific, making diagnosis challenging. Further complicating their diagnoses, these 2 pathologies often cooccur together or with other shoulder pathologies such as subacromial bursitis, rotator cuff tear, and shoulder instability. However, with advancement in magnetic resonance imaging and shoulder arthroscopy techniques the ability to diagnose and treat these pathologies has vastly improved over the past 30 years. This review provides a case-based description of the correlation between magnetic resonance imaging and arthroscopic findings in common superior labral anterior and posterior and long head biceps injury, accompanied with current management strategies.

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