Axillopectoral muscle (Langer's muscle)

Turgut H., Peker T. V. , Gulekon N. , Anil A., Karakose M.

CLINICAL ANATOMY, vol.18, no.3, pp.220-223, 2005 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 18 Issue: 3
  • Publication Date: 2005
  • Doi Number: 10.1002/ca.20077
  • Title of Journal : CLINICAL ANATOMY
  • Page Numbers: pp.220-223
  • Keywords: variation, axilla, upper arm, axillopectoral muscle, Langer's axillary arch, AXILLARY ARCH


In a routine dissection of the axillary fossa, a muscle originating from the coracoid process of the scapula and extending to the long head of triceps brachii muscle was observed. The mentioned muscle was adhering to both the triceps brachii muscle and the tendinous part of the latissimus dorsi muscle. This anatomical variation is referred to as axillary arch (Langer's muscle or axillopectoral muscle). The muscle mass was measured 9.6 cm in length and 1.4 cm in width. The accessory muscle can be a reason of an axillary mass and can exert pressure on the neighboring neurovascular bundle or lymph routes; thus, exposing a wide range of symptoms. Therefore, variations of this area should be kept in mind in surgical interventions. (c) 2005 Wiley-Liss, Inc.