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Superior transverse scapular ligament

Introduction

The superior transverse ligament (transverse or suprascapular ligament) converts the scapular notch into a foramen or opening. The ligament is sometimes ossified.


Anterior aspect of the capsule of the shoulder joint (distended). The superior transverse ligament visible at the upper right.

Attachments

This is a thin and flat fasciculus, narrower at the middle than at the extremities, attached by one end to the base of the coracoid process and by the other to the medial end of the scapular notch.

Course

The suprascapular nerve runs through the foramen. The transverse scapular vessels cross over the ligament.

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