Snapping Triceps Syndrome

  • Roger P. van RietEmail author


Snapping and pain at the medial elbow can be caused by a snapping of the triceps tendon and muscle belly. It can be accompanied by a shooting pain in the distribution of the ulnar nerve. Eccentric loading of the triceps tendon is the most specific test to confirm a snapping triceps syndrome. Two snaps may be experienced during clinical exam. A first snap occurs at around 90°. This is the ulnar nerve subluxating out of its groove. A second snap usually occurs at around 115° when the triceps dislocates over the medial epicondyle. Surgical treatment consists of an anterior transposition of the ulnar nerve and removal of the medial part of the triceps.


Triceps Tendon Ulnar nerve Snapping triceps syndrome Anterior transposition Contraction: eccentric loading 


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The author has a teaching and speaking agreement with Wright Medical, Acumed, and Zimmer-Biomet.

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  1. 1.
    Vanhees MK, Geurts GF, Van Riet RP. Snapping triceps syndrome: a review of the literature. Shoulder Elbow. 2010;2(1):30–3.CrossRefGoogle Scholar

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.AZ MonicaAntwerpBelgium
  2. 2.University Hospital AntwerpEdegemBelgium

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