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Clinics in Shoulder and Elbow 2016;19(4):237-240.
DOI:    Published online December 31, 2016.
New Retear Pattern after Rotator Cuff Repair at Previous Intact Portion of Rotator Cuff
Chang Hyuck Choi, Sung Guk Kim, Jun Ho Nam
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Daegu Catholic University Medical Center, Daegu, Korea.
Received: 28 January 2016   • Revised: 3 May 2016   • Accepted: 4 June 2016
Retear patterns after arthroscopic rotator cuff repair are classified into two patterns according to retear location. Type 1 is when the retear pattern occurs directly on the tendon at the bone repair site using the suture anchor repair method. Type 2 is when the retear pattern occurs at the musculocutaneous junction with a healed footprint in patients who undergo the suture bridge method. Here, the authors report another retear pattern, which was identified as a type 2 retear on magnetic resonance imaging in patients who had undergone arthroscopic rotator cuff repair by the suture-bridge technique. This pattern was different from the type 2 retear and occurred at the portion of the cuff away from the healed rotator cuff under the view of the arthroscope.
Key Words: Rotator cuff; Retear of rotator cuff; Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
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