Magnetic Resonance Imaging (Mri) of Snapping Scapula in a 10-Year-Old Boy
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Background Snapping scapula syndrome, also known as scapulothoracic crepitus or bursitis, is a manifestation of a mechanical abnormality of the scapulothoracic joint. In addition to characteristic findings on physical examination, magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exquisitely reveals soft tissue changes such as muscle edema and scapulothoracic bursitis. Case Report We present a case of a 10-year-old boy who had snapping scapula syndrome of the right scapula that was associated with edema of the serratus anterior muscle at the scapulothoracic interface and with scapulothoracic, specifically supraserratus, bursitis on MRI. Conclusions MRI in snapping scapula syndrome, which is a clinical diagnosis, exquisitely reveals soft tissue changes such as muscle edema and scapulothoracic bursitis. Such soft tissue findings of snapping scapula syndrome need to be kept in mind while evaluating routine shoulder and/or scapular region MRI, especially in the absence of relevant clinical information at the time of the imaging study.