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Deltoid flap reconstruction for massive rotator cuff tears: mid- and long-term functional and structural results.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  19734058     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Various open and arthroscopic techniques for irreparable massive rotator cuff tears have been described. Muscle-tendon transfers may be considered in order to improve range of motion and strength. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We assessed retrospectively the functional and structural results of 31 deltoid flap transfers for massive postero-superior rotator cuff tears at 2 time points: Mid- and long-term follow-up exams were performed after a mean of 53 and 175 months, respectively. RESULTS: Functional gains were minor, but improvement in pain and patient satisfaction was high. The mean Constant score improved from 31 preoperatively to 46 points at mid-term follow-up. At long-term follow-up, 16 shoulders were still available for exam and presented with a mean Constant score of 66 points. Survival rates of the deltoid flap, confirmed by ultrasound, were 16.5% at mid-term and 12.5% at long-term follow-up, and correlated with better clinical outcome. Cranial migration of the humeral head progressed in all cases and could not be prevented by the interposition of a deltoid flap. CONCLUSION: Based on the results of this series, we no longer use nor recommend this technique.
Michael C Glanzmann; J?rg Goldhahn; Matthias Flury; Hans-Kaspar Schwyzer; Beat R Simmen
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article     Date:  2009-09-05
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery / American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons ... [et al.]     Volume:  19     ISSN:  1532-6500     ISO Abbreviation:  J Shoulder Elbow Surg     Publication Date:  2010 Apr 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2010-03-22     Completed Date:  2010-06-03     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9206499     Medline TA:  J Shoulder Elbow Surg     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  439-45     Citation Subset:  IM    
Copyright Information:
2010 Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Board of Trustees. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
Schulthessclinic, Upper Extremity Group, Z?rich, Switzerland.
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MeSH Terms
Middle Aged
Muscle, Skeletal / surgery*
Recovery of Function
Retrospective Studies
Rotator Cuff / injuries*,  surgery*
Shoulder Joint / surgery
Surgical Flaps*
Tendon Injuries / surgery*
Time Factors
Treatment Outcome

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