Re-tear of the repaired rotator cuff

Case contributed by Domenico Nicoletti

Presentation

Six years ago reconstruction of the supraspinatus tendon. For about a year, functional limitation in abduction.

Patient Data

Age: 55 years
Gender: Male

Arthrogram

mri

MRI arthrography right shoulder

Full-thickness tear of the supraspinatus tendon in the insertional site, anteriorly, with contrast in the subacromial bursa associated with two centimeters of muscle belly retraction.

Annotated image

Full-thickness tear of the supraspinatus tendon in the insertional site, anteriorly (arrows). 

Case Discussion

The degree of retraction and the adipose involution of the retracted muscular belly can influence the result of surgical treatment.

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