Intra-articular Ganglion Cyst of the Long Head of the Biceps Tendon Originating from the Intertubercular Groove

Document Type : CASE REPORT


1 orthpaedic surgery departement,school of medicine,Hamedan university of medical sciences, Hamedan, Iran

2 Orthopeadic Surgery Department, School of Medicine, Hamedan University of Medical Sciences, Hamedan, Iran

3 Hand and Microsurgery Department, Emam Reza Hospital, AJA University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran


Ganglion cysts commonly occur around the shoulder, mostly in the spinoglenoid and suprascapular notches. We report a very rare case of intra articular Ganglion cyst of the long head of the biceps tendon that originated from the bicipital groove as a rare cause of shoulder pain.


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