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Advances in Orthopedics
Volume 2012, Article ID 405472, 6 pages
Review Article

Long Head of the Biceps Pathology Combined with Rotator Cuff Tears

1st Department of Orthopaedics, G. Papanikolaou General Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Exohi, 57010 Thessaloniki, Greece

Received 10 August 2012; Accepted 15 October 2012

Academic Editor: Robert Gillespie

Copyright © 2012 Konstantinos Ditsios et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


The long head of the biceps tendon (LHBT) is an anatomic structure commonly involved in painful shoulder conditions as a result of trauma, degeneration, or overuse. Recent studies have pointed out the close correlation between LHBT lesions and rotator cuff (RCT) tears. Clinicians need to take into account the importance of the LHBT in the presence of other shoulder pathologies. This paper provides an up-to-date overview of recent publications on anatomy, pathophysiology, diagnosis, classification, and current treatment strategies.