Atrophy of the rotator cuff muscles and site of cuff tears

Togo Shimizu, Eiji Itoi, Hiroshi Minagawa, Rabindra L. Pradhan, Ikuko Wakabayashi, Kozo Sato

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We determined the relationship between the site of rotator cuff tears and atrophy of the cuff muscles. 28 shoulders (28 patients) had rotator cuff tears: 19 isolated tears of the supraspinatus tendon (isolated-tear group) and 9 combined tears of the supraspinatus and infraspinatus tendons (combined-tear group). The cross-sectional area of the subscapularis, supraspinatus, the infraspinatus and teres minor muscles in the coronal oblique MR images were measured before and after surgery. Although we found no difference in tear size, the cross-sectional areas of the muscles were smaller in the combined-tear group than in the isolated-tear group. We conclude that atrophy of the supraspinatus and infraspinatus muscles also depends on the site of the tear.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)40-43
Number of pages4
JournalActa Orthopaedica Scandinavica
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2002
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine


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