Posterior dislocation of the long head biceps tendon: a case report, specific radiographic finding, and review of the literature

  • Peter MoreauEmail author
  • Michael Bresler
  • Benjamin Goldberg
  • Winnie A. Mar
Case Report


Posterior dislocation of the long head of the biceps tendon uncommonly occurs with traumatic shoulder injury. The diagnosis is almost always associated with anterior shoulder dislocation which often cannot be reduced. We present a case of traumatic posterior dislocation of the long head of the biceps tendon with no reported history of shoulder dislocation, but instead a rare and specific radiographic finding. The imaging features are described, the relevant literature reviewed, and salient features discussed.


Posterior dislocation of the long head of the biceps tendon Biceps tendon injuries Shoulder dislocation 


Authors’ contribution

Peter Moreau: primary manuscript author, manuscript design, literature review, data acquisition, provided initial draft and revisions, corresponding author.

Michael Bresler: initial concept, editing/revision of the manuscript.

Benjamin Goldberg: editing/revision of the manuscript, orthopedic clinical expertise, provided the arthroscopic image.

Winnie A Mar: initial concept, editing/revision of the manuscript, principal mentor to the first author.

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Conflicts of interest

The authors declare that they have no conflicts of interest.


No disclosures.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Peter Moreau
    • 1
    Email author
  • Michael Bresler
    • 1
  • Benjamin Goldberg
    • 2
  • Winnie A. Mar
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA
  2. 2.Department of OrthopaedicsUniversity of Illinois at ChicagoChicagoUSA

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