Indications:

Lippman’s test is a shoulder examination used to determine the stability of the biceps tendon.

Procedure:

  1. Patient seated with elbow flexed 90°, examiner grips forearm & palpates bicipital groove then internally & externally rotates humerus.
Lippman's test

Patient seated with elbow flexed 90°, examiner grips forearm & palpates bicipital groove then internally & externally rotates humerus.

Interpretation:

Positive Tendon slipping out of groove → Torn transverse humeral ligament (bicipital instability).

Clinical notes:

Many patients may have anatomical variations that result in a shallow bicipital groove which may predispose them to develop long head biceps brachii tendon subluxations.