Rim-rent tear of the rotator cuff: a common and easily overlooked partial tear.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine the incidence of rim-rent rotator cuff tears in a population of patients referred for shoulder MRI and to determine the sensitivity of MRI for the detection of these tears. CONCLUSION: Rim-rent tears are a common type of partial-thickness rotator cuff tear, much more commonly present than has been previously reported. In particular, infraspinatus rim-rent tears are more common than previously believed. Rim-rent tears of the infraspinatus tendon and those involving the anterior-most fibers of the supraspinatus tendon are commonly overlooked on MRI, possibly because of failure to appreciate the high incidence of these types of tears and failure to inspect the anterior-most fibers of the rotator cuff.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Vinson, EN; Helms, CA; Higgins, LD

Published Date

  • October 2007

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 189 / 4

Start / End Page

  • 943 - 946

PubMed ID

  • 17885069

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1546-3141

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.2214/AJR.07.2242


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States