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SLAP lesions in association with complete tears of the long head of the biceps tendon: A report of two cases

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      Two patients were found to have superior labrum anterior and posterior (SLAP) lesions in association with complete tears of the long head of the biceps. Additional intraarticular pathology (retained biceps stump, loose body, and glenoid chondromalacia) was discovered in one patient. We recommend arthroscopy of the shoulder in two situations associated with rupture of the long head of the biceps: (a) in patients with acute ruptures in which the decision has been made to do a biceps tenodesis; and (b) in patients with persistent longstanding shoulder symptoms following nonoperative management.


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