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Transverse Humeral Ligament
Connective Tissue

Transverse Humeral Ligament

Ligamentum transversum humeri

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Anatomical Relations

The transverse humeral ligament attaches to the greater and lesser tubercles of the humerus, thus, converting the intertubercular sulcus into a canal. This canal allows for the passage of the tendon of the long head of biceps brachii muscle.

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The transverse humeral ligament is a broad fibrous band. Its fibers blend with that of the rotator cuff tendons and the coracohumeral ligament.


The transverse humeral ligament holds the tendon for the long head of biceps brachii muscle within the intertubercular sulcus.

List of clinical correlates

—Glenohumeral joint dislocation

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