Glenolabral articular disruption lesions

A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

Glenolabral articular disruption (GLAD) lesions result from a forced adduction injury. There is a superficial anterior inferior labral tear associated with an anterior inferior glenoid articular cartilage injury. These lesions do not tend to be associated with shoulder instability.

It is better visualised in ABER position. Articular cartilage lesions are best demonstrated with MR arthrography. The anterior labrum and glenoid articular cartilage often demonstrate normal morphology one image superior to the GLAD lesion.

Treatment and prognosis

Treatment options include glenoid articular chondroplasty or an abrasion arthroplasty. Recovery usually takes about three months.

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rID: 1386
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Glenolabral articular disruption (GLAD lesion)
  • Glenolabral articular disruption (GLAD)
  • GLAD lesion
  • GLAD lesions

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