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A Journal on Sports Medicine

Official Journal of the Italian Sports Medicine Federation
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Medicina dello Sport 2014 June;67(2):175-84

language: English, Italian

Adipose degeneration in the context of full-thickness tears of the rotator cuff: the importance of MRI investigation

Bisciotti G. N. 1, Eirale C. 1, Esposito G. M. 2

1 Kinemove Rehabilitation Centers, Pontremoli-Parma-La Spezia, Italy;
2 Ospedale Civile S. Andrea, La Spezia, Italy


Fatty degeneration and muscular atrophy of the rotator cuff muscles are often present in the rotator cuff tendons inveterate lesions. A high degree of fatty degeneration is a negative prognostic factor in relation to the surgical outcome of rotator cuff tendon reparation. In particular, realizing a surgical rotator cuff reconstruction when a massive muscle atrophy and a severe fatty degeneration is already present, often imply a chronic disease. In this paper we emphasize the importance of MRI in the staging the rotator cuff fatty degeneration in order to optimize choice of the therapeutic option.

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