What is the role of radiographs in the workup of bicipital tendonitis?

Updated: Nov 21, 2018
  • Author: Britt A Durham, MD; Chief Editor: Sherwin SW Ho, MD  more...
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  • Radiographs

    • Standard shoulder radiographs are generally not helpful or necessary in cases of isolated bicipital tendinitis.

    • Plain radiographs with bicipital groove views may demonstrate calcifications in the groove; however, calcifications rarely alter treatment.

    • Radiographic studies of the neck and elbow may be necessary to exclude referred shoulder pain from these locations.

    • Radiographs are indicated in cases that are not isolated, do not respond to treatment, or in patients in which there is the clinical suspicion of or a history of neoplastic disease.

    • Subacromial spurring is often seen in impingement syndrome and is most visible on the outlet and anteroposterior impingement syndrome radiographic views.

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