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Rotator Cuff – Large Full Thickness Tear

Rotator Cuff – Large Full Thickness Tear

The rotator cuff consists of four muscles: subscapularis, supraspinatus, infraspinatus and teres minor, which arise from the anterior and posterior aspects of the scapula respectively. The tendons come together to form a thick cuff which gives structural support to the shoulder joint and insert onto the humeral head.

The following example shows large full thickness tears of the supra- and infraspinatus tendons with tendon retraction and muscle atrophy. There is a large joint effusion which communicates freely with a large amount of fluid in the subacromial/subdeltoid bursa.

Coronal T2, T1 and STIR; sagittal T1 and axial T2 weighted images are shown:

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