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Treatment of chronic rotator-cuff impingement by arthroscopic subacromial decompression.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9020449     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
We report a prospective study of 49 patients who had arthroscopic subacromial decompression for chronic rotator-cuff impingement. All patients were assessed preoperatively and at 3, 6 and 12 months using the modified UCLA shoulder score. The dominant arm was affected in 35 patients, but only 13 recognised overuse as a cause of their shoulder pain. Before operation, the UCLA shoulder score was poor or fair in all patients. After three months only 28% of patients had satisfactory relief of symptoms but at one year 85% of patients examined had a good or excellent result. Patients with calcific tendonitis recovered more quickly: 93% reported a good result at six months. We conclude that arthroscopic subacromial decompression is an effective form of treatment, but that patients should be warned that recovery from surgery may be prolonged.
R W Nutton; J M McBirnie; C Phillips
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Journal of bone and joint surgery. British volume     Volume:  79     ISSN:  0301-620X     ISO Abbreviation:  J Bone Joint Surg Br     Publication Date:  1997 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-03-07     Completed Date:  1997-03-07     Revised Date:  2010-11-10    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0375355     Medline TA:  J Bone Joint Surg Br     Country:  ENGLAND    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  73-6     Citation Subset:  AIM; IM    
Princess Margaret Rose Orthopaedic Hospital, Edinburgh, UK.
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MeSH Terms
Chronic Disease
Decompression, Surgical / methods*
Middle Aged
Prospective Studies
Rotator Cuff
Shoulder Impingement Syndrome / radiography,  surgery*
Treatment Outcome

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