Isolated tear of the cord-like middle glenohumeral ligament in Buford complex: A case report

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Abstract

Rationale:

We describe a rare case of the isolated tear in the cord-like middle glenohumeral ligament (MGHL) in Buford complex. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report in the English literature about the isolated tear of cord-like MGHL in Buford complex. The present report describes in detail our experience with the diagnosis of isolated tear of the cord-like MGHL in Buford complex and management.

Patient concerns:

A 50-year-old female patient visited our hospital with pain and stiffness in the right shoulder that lasted for 9 months.

Diagnoses:

The clinical impression was frozen shoulder by primary impingement syndrome of right shoulder and the magnetic resonance (MR) images showed tear of cord-like MGHL.

Interventions:

We repaired the torn MGHL with the arthroscopic technique.

Outcomes:

Positive outcome by arthroscopic repair demonstrates that this disease entity is one of spectrum of pathologic condition in shoulder joint.

Lessons:

Isolated tear of cord-like MGHL should be restored to the original anatomy for positive outcome.

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