Biceps chondromalacia

Last revised by Frank Gaillard on 13 Feb 2018

Biceps chondromalacia is an attritional lesion of the humeral head caused by repeated abrasion by the intra-articular segment of the long head of biceps tendon.


The long head of biceps brachii arises from the supraglenoid tubercle of the glenoid fossa and has an intra- and extra-articular course. The intra-articular segment of the biceps tendon is in close contact with the articular cartilage over the head of the humerus. The close contact and friction resulting from movement of the biceps tendon can result in chondromalacia over the humeral head around the biceps footprint, particularly around the superior most part of the bicipital groove.

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