Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy

, Volume 17, Issue 12, pp 1489–1492 | Cite as

Glenohumeral instability associated with Buford complex

  • Fernando Canillas del Rey
  • Diego García-Germán VázquezEmail author
  • Daniel Nieto López


Buford complex is described as a normal anatomical variant of the anterosuperior part of the glenoid consisting of the absence of the anterosuperior labrum with the presence of a cord-like middle glenohumeral ligament. Traditionally, reattachment to the glenoid has been discouraged. We present a case of a Buford complex associated with glenohumeral instability. The patient was operated for recurrent instability without a preoperative diagnosis of Buford complex. The diagnosis was made during shoulder arthroscopy and reattachment to the glenoid was performed with a satisfactory outcome. Here, we discuss the relationship of the Buford complex with intraarticular pathology and the surgical treatment in cases when this variant is associated with instability.


Buford complex Shoulder instability Arthroscopic surgery 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando Canillas del Rey
    • 1
  • Diego García-Germán Vázquez
    • 1
    Email author
  • Daniel Nieto López
    • 1
  1. 1.Orthopaedic Surgery ServiceHospital Central de la Cruz Roja San José y Santa AdelaMadridSpain

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