Suprascapular notch

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Suprascapular notch
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Costal surface of left scapula. Suprascapular notch shown in red.
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Costal surface of left scapula. Suprascapular notch visible in the red square.
Latin Incisura scapulae
Gray's p.204
TA A02.4.01.015
FMA 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]

  • Type I (8%): Notch is absent. The superior border forms a wide depression from the medial angle to the coracoid process.
  • Type II (31%): Notch is a blunted V-shape occupying the middle third of the superior border.
  • Type III (48%): Notch is U-shaped with nearly parallel margins.
  • Type IV (3%): Notch is V-shaped and very small. A shallow groove is frequently formed for the suprascapular nerve adjacent to the notch.
  • Type V (6%): Notch is minimal and U-shaped with a partially ossified ligament.
  • Type VI (4%): Notch is a foramen as the ligament is completely ossified.

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  1. ^ Gray's Anatomy (1918), see infobox
  2. ^ Habermeyer, Magosch & Lichtenberg 2006, pp. 5–6

This article incorporates text from a public domain edition of Gray's Anatomy.

See also[edit]


  • 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.