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 edema and contusion of the distal biceps brachii is noted. No evidence of atrophic changes of the biceps brachii muscle.  
  • Associated subcutaneous tissue edema 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
Published: 16th Sep 2015
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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