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CASE REPORT  SPORT INJURIES AND REHABILITATION 

The Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness 2018 July-August;58(7-8):1090-5

DOI: 10.23736/S0022-4707.17.07080-3

Copyright © 2017 EDIZIONI MINERVA MEDICA

language: English

Calcifying tendinitis of the long head of the biceps brachii and superior labrum: a report of one case and literature review

Xing-He XUE, Zhen-Hua FENG, Zhen-Xing LI, Xiao-Yun PAN

Department of Orthopedic Surgery, The Second Affiliated Hospital of Wenzhou Medical University, Wenzhou, China


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Calcifying tendinitis of the shoulder is characterized with the formation of the calcium deposits in tendon, which mostly involves supraspinatus. The formation of the calcium deposits may be related to the excessive mechanical stimulation and non-tenocytes generation from tendon stem cell. The disease is usually associated with pain, especially when activating the shoulder. We describe one case of calcifying tendinitis involving the long head of the biceps brachii and superior labrum. The related literature and researches are also reviewed. After reviewing the past articles, there are no similar cases of calcification involving the long head of the biceps brachii and superior labrum. The diagnosis and treatment scheme may be similar with Calcifying tendinitis of the supraspinatus. The differential diagnosis of calcification involving the long head of the biceps brachii and superior labrum and glenoid cavity fracture is very important. Calcifying tendinitis involving the long head of the biceps brachii and superior labrum is rare and the diagnosis need to rule out fractures. The surgical treatment of arthroscopy is effective and relieves the symptoms quickly, but may not be the first choice.


KEY WORDS: Tendinopathy - Calcium - Tendons

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