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.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Orthopedics and Sports Medicine