Subscapularis recess

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Ayush Goel et al.

The subscapularis recess, also known as the superior subscapularis recess or subscapularis bursa, is a normal extension of the glenohumeral joint capsule in between the superior and middle glenohumeral ligaments.

Radiographic features


On sagittal oblique sequences and when distended with fluid, it may form a saddlebag-like appearance by hanging over the subscapularis tendon, inferior to the coracoid process.

Differential diagnosis

  • subcoracoid bursa
    • does not communicate with the glenohumeral joint
    • has a more caudal extent
Anatomy: Upper limb

Anatomy: Upper limb

Article information

rID: 44950
Section: Anatomy
Tag: refs, cases
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Subscapularis bursa
  • Superior subscapularis recess

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