Ultrasound and MRI for the long-term evaluation of surgical repair of the rotator cuffs.

R. Lupo, S. Rapisarda, O. Bottinelli, L. Callegari, G. Meloni, L. Sammarchi

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About 1 year after surgery to repair the rotator cuff, a total of 20 patients (80% monotendinous injuries, 20% bitendinous injuries) were submitted to ultrasound and MRI to evaluate repair, quality of residual tissue, and to reveal any discrepancies between the two instrumental tests. The results showed that there was normal tendinous integrity in 16 cases (group A), while there were partial injuries, without evidence of complete lesion, in 4 cases (group B); tendinous thinning was evident in 10 patients (50%), while there were areas of intratendinous degeneration in 40% of the cases. The authors observed agreement between the data obtained by the two methods in 75% of cases, and emphasize the effectiveness of the two methods in postoperative evaluation of the cuff; they also confirm the tendinous dishomogeneousness observed in the patients in group B, not associated with poor clinical results, considering the absence of significant differences in the functional results between the two groups.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-27
Number of pages7
JournalLa Chirurgia degli organi di movimento
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 2001


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