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Synopsis

Complete tear of the main fibrous cords of connective tissue that attach the top of the biceps muscle to the scapula. Predominantly involving the long head of the proximal biceps tendon. Most commonly occurs in individuals aged 40-60 years from effects of chronic wear but can occur in younger individuals due to athletic injury or trauma.

Patients may report experiencing a sudden, sharp pain (and sometimes an audible pop or snap) in the anterior shoulder and upper arm, or they may complain of recurrent pain during activity. Pain may be nondescript or absent, with patients presenting with a palpable "bulge" in the upper arm between the elbow and shoulder. Other symptoms include cramping, bruising, and weakness.

Codes

ICD10CM:
M66.829  – Spontaneous rupture of other tendons, unspecified upper arm

SNOMEDCT:
428883008 – Rupture of tendon of biceps

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Bicep tendon rupture : Developed rapidly in minutes or hours, Shoulder pain, Myalgia, Upper extremity weakness, Limited range of motion
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Axial intermediate weighted fat saturated MRI of the elbow demonstrates a biceps tendon tear with mild retraction. The second arrow points to the radial tuberosity which is the insertion site of the biceps tendon at the elbow.
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