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Pronator teres muscle

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The pronator teres is a muscle of the human body located mainly in the forearm that, along with the Pronator quadratus, serves to pronate the forearm turning it so that the palm faces posteriorly when from the anatomical position


  • 1 Structure
    • 11 Innervation
    • 12 Variation
  • 2 Function
  • 3 Clinical significance
  • 4 Etymology
  • 5 Additional images
  • 6 References
  • 7 External links


The pronator teres has two heads—humeral and ulnar

  • The humeral head, the larger and more superficial, arises from the medial supracondylar ridge immediately superior to the medial epicondyle of the humerus, and from the common flexor tendon which arises from the medial epicondyle
  • The ulnar head is a thin fasciculus, which arises from the medial side of the coronoid process of the ulna, and joins the preceding at an acute angle

The median nerve enters the forearm between the two heads of the muscle, and is separated from the ulnar artery by the ulnar head

The muscle passes obliquely across the forearm, and ends in a flat tendon, which is inserted into a rough impression at the middle of the lateral surface of the body of the radius, just distal to the insertion of the supinator

The lateral border of the muscle forms the medial boundary of the triangular hollow known as the cubital fossa, which is situated anterior to the elbow


The pronator teres is innervated by the median nerve

To stimulate the pronator teres, a signal begins in the precentral gyrus in the brain and goes down through the internal capsule It continues down the corticospinal tracts through the capsule, midbrain, and pons where it arrives at the medullar pyramids Once at the pyramids, the corticospinal tracts decussate and the signal goes down the lateral corticospinal tract until it reaches the ventral horns of C5, C6, C7, C8, and T11 The signal then goes through the ventral rami and down the root ganglion of C5, C6, C7, C8, and T1 Brachial Plexus Next, the signal goes down the median nerve branch of the Brachial Plexus and stimulates the Pronator Teres to contract causing the hand to pronate2


Occasionally, the ulnar head is absent Also, additional slips from the medial intermuscular septum, from the biceps brachii, and from the brachialis occasionally occur


Pronator teres pronates the forearm, turning the hand posteriorly If the elbow is flexed to a right angle, then pronator teres will turn the hand so that the palm faces inferiorly It is assisted in this action by pronator quadratus

It also weakly flexes the elbow, or assists in flexion at the elbow when there is strong resistance

Clinical significanceedit

Pronator teres syndrome is one cause of wrist pain It is a type of neurogenic pain

  • patients with the pronaor teres syndrome have numbness in median nerve distribution with repetitive pronation/supination of the forearm, not flexion and extension of the elbow
  • early fatigue of the forearm muscles is seen with repetitive stressful motion, especially pronation
  • EMG may show only mildly reduced conduction velocities
  • despite their anatomic proximity, patients with pronator teres syndrome do not have a higher incidence of AIN syndrome;
  • other sites of compression:
    • ligament of Struthers
    • lacertus fibrosis
    • pronator teres muscle
    • proximal arch of the FDS
    • rare causes such as following tendon transfers for radial palsy
  • dissimilarity to CTS:
    • positive Tinel's in forearm rather than at wrist
    • negative phalen's test
    • dysesthesia of palmar triangle
    • pain on resistance to pronation
    • pain in forearm on resistance to isolated flexion of the PIP joint of long and ring fingers


The word pronator comes from the Latin pronus, which means “inclined forward or lying face downward”, and has to do with the muscle's action being pronation of the forearm The Latin term teres, which means "round or cylindrical shaped" or "long and round", refers to the shape of the muscle34 The indirect English translation of pronator teres is therefore: cylindrical muscle that turns the forearm the palm down

Additional imagesedit


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

  1. ^ "The Descending Tracks" TeachMeAnatomy Retrieved 3 December 2015 
  2. ^ Brachial Plexus Anatomy at eMedicine
  3. ^ http://wwwanatomyexpertcom/structure_detail/5561/184/
  4. ^ Surgical Anatomy of the Hand and Upper Extremity, p 110, at Google Books

External linksedit

  • Illustration: upper-body/pronator-teres from The Department of Radiology at the University of Washington
  • Pronator_teres at the Duke University Health System's Orthopedics program
  • PTCentral
  • http://wwwwheelessonlinecom/ortho/pronator_teresfull citation needed

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