Subscapularis calcific tendinosis

Case contributed by Dr Maulik S Patel


Acute onset of non-traumatic right shoulder pain.

Patient Data

Age: 30 years
Gender: Male

There is a large calcification within the superficial most fibres of the subscapularis tendon. The rest of the rotator cuff tendons are normal. There is also mild bursal effusion.


There is a calcified focus anterior to the lesser tuberosity of the humeral head.

There is no fracture or dislocation.

Case Discussion

Calcification is seen involving superficial most fibres of subscapularis tendon. Leak of some amount of calcium is the cause of acute onset of severe pain and reactive mild bursal effusion- bursitis. 

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Case information

rID: 10111
Case created: 29th Jun 2010
Last edited: 26th Sep 2015
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