Distal biceps brachii tendon rupture

Case contributed by Dr Mohammad A. ElBeialy


Sudden sharp pain within the distal anterior arm with audible pop upon lifting a heavy object.

Patient Data

Age: 51 years
Gender: Male

  • Full thickness tear and rupture of the distal biceps brachii tendon with wavy and retracted tendon fibers and gapping from its insertion within the radial tuberosity of about 12 cm which is replaced by low T1 and high T2 fluid signal intensity within its sheath. 
  • Mild muscle oedema and contusion of the distal biceps brachii is noted. No evidence of atrophic changes of the biceps brachii muscle.  
  • Associated subcutaneous tissue oedema of the anterior and anteromedial aspects of the distal forearm and elbow is noted. 

Case Discussion

Full thickness tear and rupture of the distal biceps brachii tendon with tendon retraction and gapping.

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Case information

rID: 38596
Case created: 26th Jul 2015
Last edited: 27th Oct 2016
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