Quadrilateral Space Syndrome With Involvement of the Tendon of the Latissimus Dorsi.


Quadrilateral space syndrome (QSS) is the term used to describe axillary nerve palsy due to compression of the axillary nerve and posterior circumflex artery in the quadrilateral space. The precise pathophysiology of QSS is still unclear; hence, a consensus of diagnosis and treatment for QSS has not yet been achieved. The authors present the case of a 17-year-old male baseball player with symptoms of QSS, including right elbow and shoulder joint pain and upper limb numbness while throwing. The symptoms had worsened during baseball. Conservative management for 3 months failed to resolve the symptoms, so surgery was performed. Axillary nerve decompression resulted in functional improvement. The cause of QSS has been previously reported to be fibrous bands, the long head of the triceps, and Bennett lesions. However, the cause of QSS in this case was compression of the axillary nerve between the proximal humerus and the tendinous attachment of the latissimus dorsi. The authors incised a 10- to 15-mm segment of the medial edge of the tendinous insertion of the latissimus dorsi, which resulted in resolution of QSS symptoms. [Orthopedics. 2017; 40(4):e714-e716.].

DOI: 10.3928/01477447-20170117-06

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@article{Koga2017QuadrilateralSS, title={Quadrilateral Space Syndrome With Involvement of the Tendon of the Latissimus Dorsi.}, author={Ryuji Koga and Kozo Furushima and Hiroshi Kusano and Junichiro Hamada and Yoshiyasu Itoh}, journal={Orthopedics}, year={2017}, volume={40 4}, pages={e714-e716} }