The value of ultrasonography in the diagnosis of labral lesions in patients with anterior shoulder dislocation

Eur J Ultrasound. 1998 Nov;8(2):107-13. doi: 10.1016/s0929-8266(98)00068-8.


Objective: To evaluate the ability of ultrasonography to detect labral lesions in patients with anterior shoulder dislocation.

Methods: We examined 29 patients with anterior shoulder dislocation with ultrasonography prior to arthroscopy.

Results: Twenty-six patients had labral lesions diagnosed by arthroscopy. These lesions were detected by ultrasonography with a sensitivity of 88% and a specificity of 67%. All lesions affected the anterior labrum, while six extended to the posterior labrum. The latter were not visualized by ultrasonography.

Conclusion: Ultrasonography is valuable in the detection of anterior labral lesions even in patients with recent shoulder dislocation.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study

MeSH terms

  • Adolescent
  • Adult
  • Arthroscopy
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Joint Capsule / diagnostic imaging*
  • Joint Capsule / injuries
  • Joint Capsule / pathology
  • Male
  • Rotator Cuff / diagnostic imaging*
  • Rotator Cuff / pathology
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries
  • Rupture
  • Sensitivity and Specificity
  • Shoulder Dislocation / diagnostic imaging*
  • Shoulder Dislocation / pathology
  • Shoulder Injuries
  • Shoulder Joint / diagnostic imaging*
  • Shoulder Joint / pathology
  • Ultrasonography