The vascularity of the rotator cuff.

  title={The vascularity of the rotator cuff.},
  author={Howard A Chansky and Joseph P. Iannotti},
  journal={Clinics in sports medicine},
  volume={10 4},
The major arterial supply to the rotator cuff is derived from the ascending branch of the anterior humeral circumflex artery, the acromial branch of the thoracoacromial artery, as well as the suprascapular and posterior humeral circumflex arteries. The pathogenesis of rotator cuff tears has been considered to be influenced by the microvascular supply of the rotator cuff tendons. Most cadaver studies have demonstrated a hypovascular area within the critical zone of the supraspinatus tendon. It… CONTINUE READING