Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy

, Volume 38, Issue 4, pp 489–492 | Cite as

Anatomical evidence for a uniquely positioned suprascapular foramen

  • Jean-Luc VoisinEmail author
  • Mickael Ropars
  • Hervé Thomazeau
Anatomic Variations


The suprascapular foramen is a rare but not exceptional variation of the suprascapular notch. The suprascapular notch and suprascapular foramen could lead to pain and muscles atrophy because of nerve compression. In this study, we present a suprascapular foramen which does not correspond to a nerve’s trajectory but rather corresponds to a specific bone formation that increases the surface area for muscle attachment. As a consequence, its presence cannot be taken as an indication for neurolysis, contrary to ossification of the foramen in its normal anatomical position. Moreover, this unique foramen is distinguishable from a classical suprascapular foramen on radiographs and, especially, on CT scan images.


Suprascapular foramen Scapula Neurolysis Ossification 



The authors wish to thank P. Mennecier for providing us with access to the anthropological collections in the “Man, Nature, Society” Department of the Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle at the Musée de l’Homme in Paris, France. We are also grateful to Joanne Archambault, PhD for her editorial support during preparation of this manuscript.

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The authors declare they have no conflicts of interest concerning this article.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Faculté de MédecineAix-Marseille Université/EFS/CNRS, UMR 7268 ADESMarseille Cedex 05France
  2. 2.Département de Préhistoire, Muséum National d’Histoire NaturelleUMR 7194 et USM 103/CNRSParisFrance
  3. 3.Service de Chirurgie Orthopédique et TraumatologiqueCHU de RennesRennesFrance
  4. 4.Laboratoire M2SUniversité Rennes 2, ENS RennesBruzFrance

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