Irreparable rotator cuff tears: A novel classification system

R. Castricini, M. De Benedetto, N. Orlando, E. Gervasi, A. Castagna

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Background: Irreparable rotator cuff tears can be managed by several approaches. However, current tear classifications fail to reflect the wide variety of their presentation, which has important clinical and prognostic implications. Methods: We describe a novel classification system based on preoperative imaging findings and intraoperative observation where each cuff tendon (numbered sequentially: 1-supraspinatus, 2-infraspinatus, 3-teres minor, and 4-subscapularis) is assessed intraoperatively for reducibility to the footprint; tendons with reparable lesions are assessed for fatty degeneration (which predicts healing potential) and given a plus if degeneration is

Original languageEnglish
JournalMusculoskeletal Surgery
Issue numberSUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 2014


  • Fatty infiltration
  • Irreparable rotator cuff tear
  • Rotator cuff tear

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Surgery


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