Preoperative ultrasonographic mapping of calcium deposits facilitates localization during arthroscopic surgery for calcifying tendinitis of the rotator cuff

Stefan Rupp*, Romain Seil, Dieter Kohn

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Abstract

Calcifying tendinitis is a relatively common disorder of the rotator cuff. For symptomatic patients, excision of the calcium deposits offers reliable pain relief. The arthroscopic technique is demanding. Arthroscopic localization of the deposit is frequently demanding. The technique described in this article facilitates the localization of calcium deposits based on preoperative ultrasonography. Knowing the exact topography of the deposit relative to the visible landmarks allows the surgeon to localize the site of the deposit from the intra-articular view. Probing the rotator cuff with a spinal needle and looking for calcific material at the tip of the needle is an important step in verifying the location of the deposit.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)540-542
Number of pages3
JournalArthroscopy - Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery
Volume14
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1998
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Arthroscopy
  • Calcifying tendinitis
  • Rotator cuff
  • Ultrasound

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