Structural disorders at the insertion of the supraspinatus tendon. Relation to tensile strength

Hirotaka Sano, Hans K. Uhthoff, David S. Backman, Jacques A. Brunet, Guy Trudel, Ba Pham, Hirotada Ishii

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Abstract

We examined macroscopically and microscopically 55 cadaver rotator-cuff tendons attached to their humeral heads to determine the distance between the edge of the articular cartilage and the tendon insertion of the supraspinatus (the width of the sulcus) and the score of regressive changes at the sulcus. In 33 specimens we measured the tensile strength. The width of the sulcus was correlated with the score of regressive changes and with the ultimate tensile strength of the supraspinatus tendon. The width of the sulcus correlated positively with the score of regressive changes (r = 0.66, p < 0.0001), but there was a negative correlation between the latter and the ultimate tensile strength (r = -0.81, p = 0.001) and between the width of the sulcus and the ultimate tensile strength (r = -0.74, p = 0.004). We believe that the width of the sulcus is a simple and useful clinical indicator of the integrity and the tensile strength of the supraspinatus tendon.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720-725
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Bone and Joint Surgery - Series B
Volume80
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998 Jul
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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