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Role of community diagnostic ultrasound examination in the diagnosis of full-thickness rotator cuff tears.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  14525569     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic ultrasound examination has become the most commonly used investigation in Australia for diagnosing rotator cuff tears. The authors felt that the results of such investigations were often inaccurate in their clinical practices. METHODS: The diagnostic ultrasound findings in 336 cases were compared to arthrography, and in 225 cases findings at surgery. RESULTS: A very poor accuracy rate of 0.38 was found for diagnostic ultrasound examination. The sensitivity was 0.24 and specificity was 0.61. CONCLUSIONS: Extreme caution is recommended in the use of diagnostic ultrasound, as currently practised in a general community setting, in diagnosing full-thickness rotator cuff tears.
Jerome A Goldberg; Warwick J M Bruce; William Walsh; David H Sonnabend
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Comparative Study; Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  ANZ journal of surgery     Volume:  73     ISSN:  1445-1433     ISO Abbreviation:  ANZ J Surg     Publication Date:  2003 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2003-10-03     Completed Date:  2004-03-04     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101086634     Medline TA:  ANZ J Surg     Country:  Australia    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  797-9     Citation Subset:  IM    
Orthosports Group, Prince of Wales Hospital ,University of Sydney, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia.
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MeSH Terms
Diagnostic Errors
Middle Aged
Predictive Value of Tests
Rotator Cuff / injuries*,  radiography,  ultrasonography*
Sensitivity and Specificity
Shoulder Joint / radiography

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