Muscle degeneration in rotator cuff tears.

  title={Muscle degeneration in rotator cuff tears.},
  author={Dominique Laron and Sanjum P Samagh and Xuhui Liu and Hubert T. Kim and Brian T. Feeley},
  journal={Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery},
  volume={21 2},
Rotator cuff tears are among the most common injuries seen by orthopedic surgeons. Although small- and medium-sized tears do well after arthroscopic and open repair, large and massive tears have been shown to develop marked muscle atrophy and fatty infiltration within the rotator cuff muscles. These pathologic changes have been found to be independent predictors of failed surgical repair with poor functional outcomes. To understand the pathophysiology of rotator cuff disease, we must first… CONTINUE READING

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