Massive rotator cuff tears and rotator cuff arthropathy

Antonio Cartucho, Pascal Gleyze, Antoon Van Raebroeckx, Bruno Toussaint, Roman Brzoska, Adrian Blasiak, Maarten Van Der List, Peer Van Der Zwaal, Vladimir Senekovic, Boris Poberaj, Ladislav Kovacic, Boštjan Sluga, Martin Mikek, Ehud Atoun, Eliyau Adar, Assaf Dekel, Viktoras Jermolajevas, Ferdinando Battistella, Ettore Taverna, Andrey KorolevMansur Khasanshin, Philippe Valenti, Srinath Kamineni, Jonathan Chae

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    Multiple etiologies have been implicated in the pathogenesis of rotator cuff tear mainly of two types: extrinsic, such as subacromial and internal impingement, tensile overload, repetitive stress; intrinsic, such as poor vascularity, alterations in material properties, matrix composition, and aging. The work of Yamamoto [1] statistically identified that the risk factors associated with rotator cuff tears in the general population were a history of trauma, the dominant arm, and age. In subjects who were under 49 years of age, rotator cuff tears were more strongly associated with the dominant arm and a history of trauma. These results indicated that extrinsic factors were more closely associated in the tears of the younger patients. The same study found 6.7 % of patients in their 40s with rotator cuff ruptures, 12.8 % in their 50s, 25.6 % in their 60s, 45.8 % in their 70s, and 50.0 % in their 80s, with the prevalence increasing with age. Despite these results, 16.9 % of the subjects without symptoms have also a rotator cuff rupture.

    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationESSKA Instructional Course Lecture Book
    Subtitle of host publicationGeneva 2012
    PublisherSpringer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg
    Number of pages39
    ISBN (Electronic)9783642294464
    ISBN (Print)3642294456, 9783642294457
    StatePublished - 1 Mar 2012

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • General Medicine


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