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Corresponding author: Aaron Schwartz, MD, Emory University, 675 Ponce De Leon

The patient and his father provided written permission for this case report.

The authors, their immediate families, and any research foundations with which they are affiliated have not received any financial payments or other benefits from any commercial entity related to the subject of this article.



  • Teres minor tear
  • Arthroscopic repair
  • Posterior glenohumeral ligament avulsion
  • Reverse HAGL
  • Shoulder arthroscopy
  • Rotator cuff tear

Arthroscopic repair of an isolated teres minor tear with associated posterior glenohumeral ligament avulsion


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JSES Open Access


Volume 2, Number 2


, Pages 133-136

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Isolated teres minor tears are very rare, and only a few case reports have been published in the literature.6, 7, 11, 12 The teres minor functions as an external rotator of the glenohumeral joint and a secondary depressor of the humeral head. Most teres minor tears are associated with larger rotator cuff tears; however, there is minimal literature on how to manage isolated injuries. Posterior humeral avulsion of the glenohumeral ligaments (HAGL) is rare as well and is usually associated with labral tears.1, 3, 4, 10 Only 1 case report has been published in the literature describing a teres minor avulsion and concomitant bony posterior HAGL injury, although it was also associated with a posterior Bankart lesion.12 In this case report we describe a new arthroscopic technique for the repair of a teres minor tear with an associated soft tissue posterior HAGL lesion, without other concomitant injuries.

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