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Popeye Deformity

The biceps muscle goes from the shoulder to the elbow. And when it ruptures at the shoulder area it is called a "popeye" muscle. The biceps muscle supinates the forearm and flexes the elbow (Figure 1). Rupture of the proximal biceps tendon is most often in association with a rotator cuff tear (Figure 2). The rupture usually involves the long head of the biceps. The diagnosis is often obvious for complete ruptures because of the deformity of the arm muscle.
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