Adhesive capsulitis: shoulder

Case contributed by Dr Dai Roberts


Reduced range of movement in left shoulder. ?Rotator cuff tear

Patient Data

Age: 50 years
Gender: Female

Small glenohumeral joint effusion, and the axillary pouch portion of the glenohumeral joint is thickened and surrounded by high T2 signal.  Further high T2 signal is evident in the region of the bicipital sling.  No rotator cuff tear.  Findings suggestive of adhesive capsulitis.  

Case Discussion

Adhesive capsulitis, also known as frozen shoulder, is most often a clinical diagnosis.  Patients will often lose their ability to externally rotate their shoulder and this can make imaging more challenging.  Hydrodilation can be a treatment option.  

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Case information

rID: 77586
Published: 23rd May 2020
Last edited: 16th Sep 2020
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: St. Paul's Hospital

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