[Neuromuscular dynamic scapular winging: Clinical, electromyographic and magnetic resonance imaging diagnosis]

Presse Med. 2015 Dec;44(12 Pt 1):1256-65. doi: 10.1016/j.lpm.2015.08.006.
[Article in French]


Dyskinesia of the scapula is a clinical diagnosis and includes all disorders affecting scapula positioning and movement whatever its etiology. Scapular winging is a subtype of scapular dyskinesia due to a dynamic prominence of the medial border of the scapula (DSW) secondary to neuromuscular imbalance in the scapulothoracic stabilizer muscles. The two most common causes of DSW are microtraumatic or idiopathic lesions of the long thoracic nerve (that innerves the serratus anterior) or the accessory nerve (that innerves the trapezius). Diagnosis of DSW is clinical and electromyographic. Use of magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) could be of interest to distinguish lesion secondary to a long thoracic nerve from accessory nerve and to rule out scapular dyskinesia related to other shoulder disorders. Causal neuromuscular lesion diagnosis in DSW is challenging. Clinical examinations, combined with scapular MRI, could help to their specific diagnosis, determining their stage, ruling out differential diagnosis and thus give raise to more targeted treatment.

Publication types

  • English Abstract
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Dyskinesias / diagnosis*
  • Dyskinesias / physiopathology*
  • Electromyography*
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Scapula / innervation*
  • Superficial Back Muscles / innervation*
  • Thoracic Nerves / physiopathology