Suprascapular nerve entrapment by ganglion cysts: a report of six cases with arthroscopic findings and review of the literature

Arthroscopy. 1995 Dec;11(6):727-34. doi: 10.1016/0749-8063(95)90118-3.


Suprascapular nerve entrapment by a ganglion cyst can produce pain and shoulder dysfunction. We report six cases with the associated arthroscopic intraarticular findings of a posterior capsulolabral injury (only the second such description) and review the literature. Based on the current literature and our experience, we document our treatment algorithm for suprascapular nerve entrapment secondary to a ganglion cyst. We believe it is necessary to evaluate and treat the intraarticular pathology as well as the ganglion cyst/nerve entrapment to successfully manage these patients.

Publication types

  • Case Reports
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Arthroscopy*
  • Endoscopy*
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / complications
  • Joint Diseases / surgery
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Muscle Weakness / etiology
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / etiology*
  • Nerve Compression Syndromes / surgery
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Scapula / innervation*
  • Shoulder Joint* / surgery
  • Synovial Cyst / complications*
  • Synovial Cyst / surgery