Suprascapular notch

Suprascapular notch

Costal surface of left scapula. Suprascapular notch shown in red.

Costal surface of left scapula. Suprascapular notch visible in the red square.
Latin Incisura scapulae
TA A02.4.01.015
FMA 23236

Anatomical terms of bone

The suprascapular notch (or scapular notch) is a notch in the superior border of the scapula, just medial to the base of the coracoid process.

This notch is converted into a foramen by the superior transverse scapular ligament, and serves for the passage of the suprascapular nerve (but not its corresponding artery); sometimes the ligament is ossified. The suprascapular artery travels superiorly to the superior transverse ligament.[1]

According to Rengachary et al. 1979, there are six basic types of scapular notch:[2]

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This article incorporates text in the public domain from the 20th edition of Gray's Anatomy (1918)

See also


  • Habermeyer, Peter; Magosch, Petra; Lichtenberg, Sven (2006). Classifications and Scores of the Shoulder. Springer. ISBN 978-3-540-24350-2. LCCN 2005938553. 
  • Rengachary, S. S.; Burr, D.; Lucas, S.; Hassanein, K. M.; Mohn, M. P., Matzke, H. (1979). "Suprascapular entrapment neuropathy: a clinical, anatomical, and comparative study". Neurosurgery. 5 (4): 447–451. doi:10.1227/00006123-197910000-00007. PMID 534049.  Cite uses deprecated parameter |coauthors= (help)
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