Slap variant with an absent long head of biceps

  • M. P. Newton EdeEmail author
  • A. Gupta
  • J. N. Harris
  • L. Funk
Case Report


Congenital absence of the long head of biceps is a rare arthroscopic finding. We present a unique case of congenital absence of the long head of biceps tendon in the presence of a Superior labrum anterior posterior (SLAP) variant lesion. Current theories regarding the aetiology of SLAP lesion consider the long head of biceps tendon to either avulse or peel-off the labrum from the glenoid rim. Our finding of SLAP variant lesion in the absence of the long head of biceps tendon suggests that other processes must play a part in the causation of this injury, independent of the long head of biceps.


SLAP Long head biceps Absence Shoulder Arthroscopy Congenital 

Mots clés

Longue portion du biceps Absence épaule Arthroscopie Congénital 

Variante de SLAP avec une absence du long biceps


L’absence congénitale de la longue portion du biceps est une découverte arthroscopique rare. Nous présentons une observation unique d’absence congénitale de la longue portion du biceps associée à une lésion de type SLAP. Selon les théories courament admises au sujet de l’étiologie des SLAP, la longue portion du biceps arrache le labrum du rebord glénoidien. La découverte d’une SLAP en l’absence de longue portion du biceps suggère qu’un autre processus puisse entrainer une telle lésion, indépendamment de la longue portion du biceps.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • M. P. Newton Ede
    • 1
    • 4
    Email author
  • A. Gupta
    • 2
  • J. N. Harris
    • 3
  • L. Funk
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedics and TraumaHope HospitalSalfordUK
  2. 2.Department of AnatomyManchester UniversityManchesterUK
  3. 3.Hope HospitalSalfordUK
  4. 4.Chorlton-cum-HardyManchesterUK

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