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The “Popeye Sign” – a classical but rare case

Jidin @ Mohd Tahar, Maznun and Md Rifin, Sakinah and Shalihin, Mohd Shaiful Ehsan (2021) The “Popeye Sign” – a classical but rare case. Malaysian Journal of Medicine and Health Science, 17 (4). pp. 431-433. ISSN 1675-8544

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Isolated biceps tendon rupture is rarely reported at primary care level. A 78-year-old man presented with deformity over his right mid arm for one week, following a low impact trauma over his right shoulder six weeks prior. Physical examination revealed the classical sign of rupture of the long head of biceps tendon (LHBT) which showed bulging of his right biceps muscle, resembling the famous cartoon character, “Popeye The Sailorman”. Diagnosis of rupture of LHBT was made in the primary care clinic without the need of imaging modality based on the identification of the “Popeye Sign”. Diagnosis and condition have been explained well to patient and caretaker without the need for inappropriate investigation and procedures. Conservative treatment approach was opted. His condition was stable without new active complaints on subsequent follow up. This case proved that stable ruptures of LHBT are still pos-sible to be managed at primary care level.

Item Type: Article (Journal)
Additional Information: 6934/93495
Uncontrolled Keywords: Popeye sign, long head biceps tendon (LHBT)
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
R Medicine > RA Public aspects of medicine
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine
R Medicine > RZ Other systems of medicine
Kulliyyahs/Centres/Divisions/Institutes (Can select more than one option. Press CONTROL button): Kulliyyah of Medicine > Department of Family Medicine (Effective: 1st January 2011)
Kulliyyah of Medicine
Depositing User: Dr Mohd Shaiful Ehsan Shalihin
Date Deposited: 05 Nov 2021 11:21
Last Modified: 05 Nov 2021 11:21
URI: http://irep.iium.edu.my/id/eprint/93495

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