Importance of neurological evaluation before reverse shoulder arthroplasty in patients with previous poliomyelitis

Prosthet Orthot Int. 2009 Jun;33(2):167-72. doi: 10.1080/03093640802425459.


We present a case report of a patient, affected by post-polio syndrome and cuff tear arthropathy of his right shoulder, who underwent reverse shoulder arthroplasty. A previous radial deficiency was unmasked in the post-operative follow-up, with passive elbow bending when the forearm was put in an antigravitational position. A precise preoperative neurological evaluation is mandatory in shoulder replacement in order to estimate the functional outcome after surgery.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Arthroplasty, Replacement / rehabilitation*
  • Humans
  • Joint Prosthesis
  • Lacerations / diagnosis*
  • Lacerations / etiology
  • Lacerations / therapy*
  • Male
  • Neurologic Examination*
  • Physical Therapy Modalities
  • Postpoliomyelitis Syndrome / complications*
  • Preoperative Care*
  • Range of Motion, Articular
  • Rotator Cuff Injuries*
  • Shoulder Joint / physiopathology
  • Treatment Outcome