Friday, December 13, 2013

Supraspinatus rotator cuff tears - the importance of the anterior cable

Characteristics of small to medium-sized rotator cuff tears with and without disruption of the anterior supraspinatus tendon

This study compared the baseline function and results of arthroscopic cuff repair in 112 shoulders with small and medium-sized full-thickness cuff tears with complete supraspinatus disruption compared with those with an intact anterior supraspinatus tendon.

Shoulders with anterior supraspinatus disruption had greater mean tear width, length, and area and greater supraspinatus muscle degenerative changes compared with shoulders with an intact anterior supraspinatus tendon. 

There was no difference in tendon healing rates or functional results of repair, so this distinction may not have importance in surgical decision making.


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