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Skeletal Radiol. 2003 Feb;32(2):82-5. Epub 2002 Sep 14.

Calcific tendinitis of the rotator cuff as a cause of drooping shoulder.

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  • 1Department of Radiology, San Carlo Hospital, Piazzale Gianasso, 16158 Genoa, Italy.


We describe a case of inferior glenohumeral subluxation or drooping shoulder secondary to acute calcific tendinitis of the rotator cuff. The various etiologies of drooping shoulder and the specific causes determining glenohumeral widening in our report are discussed. The importance in recognizing this uncommon complication of a common abnormal finding and correction by aspiration is stressed.

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