The Superior Labrum, Anterior-to-Posterior 'SLAP' Lesion
UNIFORMED SERVICES UNIV OF THE HEALTH SCIENCES BETHESDA MD
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The Superior Labrum Anterior-to-Posterior SLAP lesion is a term that was coined to refer to a tear involving the superior glenoid labrum. These lesions are common among military members and athletes that utilize overhead arm movements. They typically occur as a result of a fall on out stretched hand or following repetitive overhead activity that places traction on the shoulder. SLAP lesions represent a specific pattern of injury that involves the partial or complete detachment of the superior labrum andor the biceps tendon. Patients with SLAP lesions complain of shoulder pain while performing overhead movements and often develop mechanical popping or catching within the shoulder. The following case report reviews the typical clinical presentation, imaging findings, and treatment of the Superior Labrum Anterior-to-Posterior lesion.
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