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Lancet. 2001 Mar 10;357(9258):769-70.

Diagnosis of rotator cuff tears.

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  • Lancet 2001 May 5;357(9266):1452.

Abstract

Rotator cuff tears account for almost 50% of major shoulder injuries but are sometimes difficult to diagnose. To aid diagnosis, we did a prospective study, comparing results of 23 clinical tests from 400 patients with and without rotator cuff tears. Three simple tests were predictive for rotator cuff tear: supraspinatus weakness, weakness in external rotation, and impingement. When all three were positive, or if two tests were positive and the patient was aged 60 or older, the individual had a 98% chance of having a rotator cuff tear; combined absence of these features excluded this diagnosis.

PMID:
11253973
DOI:
10.1016/S0140-6736(00)04161-1
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