Kim lesion of the shoulder

A Kim lesion is defined as a superficial tear between posterior labrum and glenoid articular cartilage without labral detachment.


Failure to identify and treat this lesion leads to permanent posterior instability. 

Radiographic features

MR arthrography
  • flattening or incomplete avulsion of posterior labrum
  • normal relation of glenoid cartilage and posterior labrum
  • retroversion of glenoid
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Article information

rID: 25885
Section: Gamuts
Tags: stub, cases, refs
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Kim lesion of shoulder
  • Kim lesion
  • Kim's lesion
  • Kim lesion (shoulder)

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