Based on the ultrasound findings and SonoSkills pathology checklist analysis I concluded: \
– Complete tear of the long head of the biceps tendon.
– The rotator interval is “empty”. No sign of the long head of the biceps tendon.
– The long head of the biceps tendon has partially retracted. It’s still located in the distal intertubercular groove, probably fixated or stabilized by the tendon’s vinculum (suspensory ligament).
– Minor degree of neovascularization.
The clinical examination findings of the orthopedic surgeon could be confirmed. Furthermore, the surgeon knows that there is a partial retraction of the long head of the biceps tendon, and that no other anatomical structures where involved. This information can help his clinical decision making. Continue Reading →