Latissimus Dorsi Tendon Rupture

Michael S. George, Michael Khazzam

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Isolated injury to the latissimus dorsi is rare. Partial tendon tears may be successfully treated nonsurgically. Complete tendon ruptures require surgical repair. Tendon repair can be approached either through an anterior deltopectoral incision with a secondary small posterior axillary incision or through a long posterior axillary incision. Suture anchors can be used to repair the latissimus dorsi to the humeral attachment. Although the literature is limited to single-patient case series, most patients have returned to full athletic activity after surgical repair.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)113-118
Number of pages6
JournalThe Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Issue number4
StatePublished - Feb 15 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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