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Glenoid dysplasia

Case contributed by Dr Stan Buckens


Elderly female presenting to her primary care physician with non-specific anterior shoulder pain.

Patient Data

Age: 60 years old
Gender: Female

Dyplasia of the glenoid labrum. No signs of old trauma. 


shoulder MRI with intra articular contrast

Bony displasia of the glenoid labrum with persistance of the cartilagenous structures

Case Discussion

This patient presented to her primary care physician with anterior shoulder pain without trauma. A conventional shoulder radiograph showed an atypical, smoothly delineated, sclerotically lined shape of the glenoid fossa that did not closely follow the humeral head. The reading musculoskeletal radiologist recommended a shoulder MRI to confirm glenoid dysplasia. As detailed in the referenced article, the presentation of glenoid dysplasia is in two peaks - one in adolescence due to an inherently less stable shoulder manifesting at increased athletic participation and one later in life presenting with typical degenerative complaints where the dysplasia might play a minor role but may also be an incidental finding. This patient also had a superior labral tear with paralabral cysts. 

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Case information

rID: 28651
Published: 13th Jun 2014
Last edited: 29th Jan 2020
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