Pectoralis major rupture in the elderly: Clinical and sonographic findings

Yichayaou Beloosesky, Joseph Grinblat, Miriam Katz, David Hendel, Rochelle Sommer

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We describe clinical and sonographic features of pectoralis major rupture in the elderly, which is relatively rare and unknown. Patients presented with a large pectoral ecchymosis extending to the axilla, chest wall, breast and arm. The pectoral area was sensitive, sometimes with a visible and palpable defect in the axilla. Ultrasound examination showed a large hypoechoic, well-circumscribed structure representing a hematoma within the pectoralis major muscle, partially replacing the normal echo muscle pattern. Ultrasonography is a useful, low cost diagnostic tool, and is recommended in the investigation of pectoralis major rupture in the elderly.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)261-264
Number of pages4
JournalClinical Imaging
Issue number4
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2003
Externally publishedYes


  • Elderly
  • Pectoralis major rupture
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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