Episodic snapping of the medial head of the triceps due to weightlifting.

R. J. Spinner, D. E. Wenger, C. J. Barry, R. D. Goldner

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We describe two patients who had episodic elbow snapping and ulnar nerve dysesthesias only after weightlifting. These symptoms would disappear soon afterward. The episodic nature of their complaints and findings led to misdiagnosis. We documented by repeated clinical examinations and magnetic resonance imaging that the presence of these symptoms correlated directly with the finding of intermittent, activity-related snapping of the medial triceps. In both patients, the symptoms disappeared when the medial portion of the triceps migrated medially but did not dislocate over the medial epicondyle with elbow flexion. Thus, a minor change in the configuration of the medial portion of the triceps (fluid accumulation) in the same individual at different times can cause intermittent dislocation of the medial triceps. Previous papers dealing with patients with snapping of the medial triceps describe symptoms exacerbated by athletic activities, but the constant finding of snapping on sequential examinations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)288-292
Number of pages5
JournalJournal of the Southern Orthopaedic Association
Issue number4
StatePublished - Jan 1 1999

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Medicine


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