Thursday, December 26, 2013

Suture anchor arthropathy - shoulder arthritis in a young person after surgery for instability

As we've pointed out in prior blog posts, shoulder arthritis in young individuals is not the same as in the individual over the age of 55 years. Many cases of arthritis in individuals under the age of 40 are due to problems with prior surgery. Here an MRI image of the shoulder in a person under 20 years who had surgery for instability with the implantation of a suture anchor. One can see the location of the suture anchor on the face of the glenoid and loss of the humeral articular cartilage.

At revision arthroscopy, these two images were collected, again showing the loss of humeral articular cartilage.


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