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Journal of the Korean Shoulder and Elbow Society 1998;1(1):78-82.
Published online March 30, 1998.
Biceps Load Test: A Test of SLAP lesion in the Recurrent Anterior Dislocation of the Shoulder
Seung Ho Kim, Kwon Ick Ha, Kye Young Han
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sung Kyun Kwan University, Samsung Medical Center
이두건 부하 검사(Biceps Load Test): 견관절 재발성 전방 탈구시 SLAP 병변 진단의 새로운 검사방법
김승호, 하권익, 한계영
성균관대학교 의과대학 삼성서울병원 정형외과학교실
The following will describe a method of evaluating the SLAP lesion in the recurrent anterior dislocation of the shoulder. We have named it the biceps load test. The biceps load test is performed with the patient in the supine position and the arm to be examined is abducted 90/sup°/, and the forearm is in the supinated position. First, the anterior apprehension test is performed. When the patient become apprehensive, the patient is allowed active flexion of the elbow, while the examiner resists elbow flexion. If the apprehension is relieved or diminished, the test is negative. If aggravated or unchanged, the test is positive. A prospective study was performed, in which 75 patients who were diagnosed as having recurrent unilateral anterior instability of the shoulder underwent the biceps load test and arthroscopic examination. The biceps load test showed negative results in 64 of these patients, of which the superior labral-biceps complex was intact'in 63 cases and only I shoulder revealed a type n SLAP lesion. E]even patients with a positive test were confirmed to have type n SLAP lesions. A positive biceps load test represents an unstable SLAP lesion in a patient with recurrent anterior dislocation of the shoulder. The biceps load test is a reliable test for evaluating the SLAP lesion in the recurrent anterior dislocation of the shoulder(sensitivity: ,9] .7%, specificity: 100%, positive predictive value: 1.00 and negative predictive value: 0.98). Biceps contraction increases the torsional rigidity ?of the glenohumeral joint and long head of biceps tendan act as internal rotator of the shoulder in the abducted and externally rotated position. These stabilize the shoulder in abduction and external rotation position in the biceps load test
Key Words: Shoulder; Anterior Dislocation; SLAP lesion; Biceps Load Test


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