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Short term results of arthroscopic repair of subscapularis tendon tear

Author(s): Hamid Reza Aslani | Hamid Farrokhi | Zohreh Zafarani

Journal: Medical Journal of the Islamic Republic of Iran
ISSN 1016-1430

Volume: 23;
Issue: 3;
Start page: 117;
Date: 2009;
Original page

  Abstract   Background: Despite being the largest rotator cuff tendon of the shoulder, the   function and clinical relevance of subscapularis pathology has been largely ignored   in the literature. Although many studies have focused on subscapularis tears recently,   majority of them reported techniques for open repair. The advent of arthroscopy and   arthroscopic repair techniques has opened new frontiers in the diagnosis and repair of   torn rotator cuff tendons, including the subscapularis. In this article, we review shortterm   results of arthroscopic subscapularis repair.   Method: Ten patients with subscapularis tendon tear of the rotator cuff were studied   prospectively including 8 men and 2 women with an average age of 49.7±12.8   years and an average delay in treatment of 23.3 months. Clinical outcomes, including   the UCLAscore were assessed in all patients after 3 months of the surgery.   Results: 6 patients were followed regularly for more than 6 months, while other 4   patients had a follow-up period of more than a year. The pain score improved from   1.75 to 9 and the UCLA score from 8.8 to 30.6.   Conclusions: Arthroscopic repair of subscapularis tendon tear results in significant   subjective and objective improvement and high levels of patient satisfaction.  
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