Full-thickness supraspinatus tears are associated with more synovial inflammation and tissue degeneration than partial-thickness tears.

@article{Shindle2011FullthicknessST,
  title={Full-thickness supraspinatus tears are associated with more synovial inflammation and tissue degeneration than partial-thickness tears.},
  author={Michael K. Shindle and Christopher C.T. Chen and Catherine M. Robertson and Alexandra E DiTullio and Megan Carroll Paulus and Camille M Clinton and Frank A. Cordasco and Scott Alan Rodeo and Russell F. Warren},
  journal={Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery},
  year={2011},
  volume={20 6},
  pages={917-27}
}
BACKGROUND The objective of this study was to determine whether the tear size of a supraspinatus tendon correlated with synovial inflammation and tendon degeneration in patients who underwent shoulder arthroscopy for rotator cuff repair. We hypothesized that increased synovial inflammation would correlate with greater tear size of the supraspinatus tendon at the time of surgery. MATERIALS AND METHODS Tissue from the synovium, bursa, torn supraspinatus tendon, and subscapularis tendon was… CONTINUE READING
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