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. 1986 Sep;39(9):266-72.

[Rotator Cuff Ruptures of the Shoulder Joint. Sonography--arthrography]

[Article in German]
  • PMID: 3534994

[Rotator Cuff Ruptures of the Shoulder Joint. Sonography--arthrography]

[Article in German]
H J Triebel et al. Rontgenblatter. .


47 patients suspected of rupture of the rotator cuff were sonographed and arthrographed. Rupture of the rotator cuff was diagnosed in 12 cases, both diagnostic methods yielding the same result. In 29 patients sonography and arthrography did not reveal any abnormal findings. Six ruptures evident in sonography were not confirmed by arthrography and were considered false positive. Direct pointers towards rupture of the cuff would be: echoless defects, cuff cannot be visualised fully or in part, irregularities of movement during dynamic examination. Echoless "cystic" areas in the periarticular soft parts must be considered an indirect pointer. Echorich focal findings in the echopoor cuff represent a differential diagnostic problem and we cannot give a final assessment as yet. Shoulder sonography is justified as a screening method in suspicion of rotator cuff rupture before initiating arthrography. If sonography reveals no abnormal findings, shoulder arthrography need not be performed.

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