Patte classification of rotator cuff tendon retraction

Last revised by Dr Henry Knipe on 25 Jul 2019

The Patte classification describes the amount of supraspinatus tendon retraction in a complete tear of the rotator cuff of the shoulder, and is applied on sequences in the frontal plane 1:

  • stage 1: proximal stump near the bony insertion
  • stage 2: proximal stump is at the level of the humeral head
  • stage 3: proximal stump at the level of glenoid or more proximal

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