Comparison of the MR findings on indirect MR arthrography in patients with rotator cuff tears with and without symptoms

Yoshinori Hirano, Ryuji Sashi, Junichi Izumi, Eiji Itoi, Jiro Watarai

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Abstract

Purpose: To compare indirect magnetic resonance (MR) arthrography findings in patients with rotator cuff tears with and without symptoms. Materials and Methods: Indirect MR arthrography results of 15 asymptomatic and 23 symptomatic rotator cuff tears were retrospectively reviewed, comparing the type and size of tears and amount of subacrominal-subdeltoid bursal fluid. Results: There were 14 partial-thickness tears and one full-thickness tear in the asymptomatic group, with 4 small and 11 medium tears. In the symptomatic group, there were 16 partial-thickness and 7 full-thickness tears, with 14 small, 5medium, and 4 large tears. In the asymptomatic group, the amount of subacrominal-subdeltoid bursal fluid was grade 0, 6 patients; grade 1, 6 patients; grade 2, 2 patients; and grade 3, 1 patient. In the symptomatic group, the amount of subacrominal-subdeltoid bursal fluid was grade 0, 4 patients; grade 1, 3 patients; grade 2, 8 patients; and grade 3, 8 patients. We found no statistically significant difference between symptomatic and asymptomatic tears in the kind and size of tears, and in the amount of subacrominal-subdeltoid bursal fluid. Conclusion: We found no difference in the MR findings between symptomatic and asymptomatic rotator cuff tears.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)23-27
Number of pages5
JournalRadiation Medicine - Medical Imaging and Radiation Oncology
Volume24
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006 Jan 1
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Indirect magnetic resonance arthrography
  • Rotator cuff tears
  • Subacrominal-subdeltoid bursa

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiation
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging
  • Oncology

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