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Vol 71, No 2 (2012)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2012-07-02
Submitted: 2012-03-20
Accepted: 2012-03-30
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The trifid superior transverse scapular ligament – case report and review of the literature

M. Polguj, K. Jędrzejewski, A. Majos, M. Topol
Folia Morphol 2012;71(2).

open access

Vol 71, No 2 (2012)
CASE REPORTS
Published online: 2012-07-02
Submitted: 2012-03-20
Accepted: 2012-03-30

Abstract

During dissection of a 75-year-old Caucasian female cadaver, a trifid superior transverse scapular ligament (STSL) was found. The suprascapular nerve and vessels ran inferior to the STSL though the suprascapular notch. Measurements of the structures of the suprascapular region were taken using two complementary but independent methods: a classical method using an electronic digimatic caliper and a new one based on an analysis of digital photographic documentation of the STSL. The knowledge of anatomic variations of the superior transverse scapular ligament is important because this structures is the most commonly recognized possible predisposing factors of suprascapular nerve entrapment and can be helpful in diagnosis, surgical and arthroscopic treatment of this pathology.

Abstract

During dissection of a 75-year-old Caucasian female cadaver, a trifid superior transverse scapular ligament (STSL) was found. The suprascapular nerve and vessels ran inferior to the STSL though the suprascapular notch. Measurements of the structures of the suprascapular region were taken using two complementary but independent methods: a classical method using an electronic digimatic caliper and a new one based on an analysis of digital photographic documentation of the STSL. The knowledge of anatomic variations of the superior transverse scapular ligament is important because this structures is the most commonly recognized possible predisposing factors of suprascapular nerve entrapment and can be helpful in diagnosis, surgical and arthroscopic treatment of this pathology.

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Title

The trifid superior transverse scapular ligament – case report and review of the literature

Journal

Folia Morphologica

Issue

Vol 71, No 2 (2012)

Published online

2012-07-02

Bibliographic record

Folia Morphol 2012;71(2).

Authors

M. Polguj
K. Jędrzejewski
A. Majos
M. Topol

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