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Recovery of sensory disturbance after arthroscopic decompression of the suprascapular nerve.
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PMID:  22154309     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
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BACKGROUND: The existence of sensory branches of the suprascapular nerve (SSN) has recently been reported, and sensory disturbance at the lateral and posterior aspect of the shoulder has been focused on as a symptom of SSN palsy. We have performed arthroscopic release of SSN at the suprascapular notch in patients with sensory disturbance since 2006. The purposes of this study were to introduce the arthroscopic surgical technique and investigate postoperative recovery of sensory disturbance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study included 11 men and 14 women (25 shoulders), with an average age of 63.9 years (range, 41-77 years). Arthroscopic decompression of the SSN was performed using a suprascapular nerve (SN) portal as a landmark for approaching the suprascapular notch. Sensory disturbance of the shoulder was evaluated preoperatively and postoperatively. The average follow-up was 18.5 months (range, 12-30 months). RESULTS: The arthroscopic procedures were performed safely. The preoperative sensory disturbance fully recovered postoperatively in all shoulders. CONCLUSION: Arthroscopic release of the SSN is a useful procedure for SSN entrapment at the suprascapular notch. The sensory disturbance at the lateral and posterior aspect of the shoulder can be used as one of the criteria of diagnosing SSN palsy, especially in shoulders with massive rotator cuff tear, in which diagnosing and assessing the treatment results of associated SSN palsy is usually difficult.
Authors:
Naomi Oizumi; Naoki Suenaga; Tadanao Funakoshi; Hiroshi Yamaguchi; Akio Minami
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2011-12-9
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of shoulder and elbow surgery / American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons ... [et al.]     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1532-6500     ISO Abbreviation:  -     Publication Date:  2011 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-12-13     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9206499     Medline TA:  J Shoulder Elbow Surg     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
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Copyright © 2011 Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery Board of Trustees. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.
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The Upper Extremity Center of Joint Replacement and Endoscopic Surgery, Hokushin Orthopaedic Hospital, Sapporo, Japan.
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