oa South African Journal of Sports Medicine - Occult fracture of the humeral greater tuberosity

Volume 9, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 1015-5163
  • E-ISSN: 2078-516X



A fall onto the shoulder during cycling can cause an often unrecognised fracture of the greater tuberosity of the humerus, which leads to the following question: What are the optimal studies required to detect subtle fractures of the greater tuberosity? The case subject was a 55-year-old cyclist presented with symptoms of shoulder pain and dysfunction after a cycle fall. The patient was able to continue cycling immediately after the fall. There was no history of a subluxation or dislocation. On examination there was very limited range of movement and tenderness over the anterolateral aspect of the head of the humerus.

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