Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment
Nuri Aydin*, Okan Tok and Baris Görgün
Istanbul University Cerrahpasa, School of Medicine, Istanbul, Turkey
- *Corresponding Author:
- Nuri Aydin
Istanbul University Cerrahpasa
School of Medicine
Orthopaedics and Traumatology
E-mail: [email protected]
Received Date: January 25, 2014; Accepted Date: March 22, 2014; Published Date: March 28, 2014
Citation: Aydin N, Tok O, Gorgun B (2014) Rotator Cuff Tear Arthropathy: Pathophysiology, Diagnosis and Treatment. Orthopedic Muscul Syst 3: 159. doi: 10.4172/2161-0533.1000159
Copyright: © 2014 Aydin N, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
The term rotator cuff tear arthropathy is a broad spectrum pathology but it involves common characteristic features as rotator cuff tear, leading to glenohumeral joint arthritis and superior migration of the humeral head. Although there are several factors described causing rotator cuff tear arthropathy, the exact mechanism is still unknown because the rotator cuff tear arthropathy develops in only a group of patients with chronic rotator cuff tear. The aim of this article is to review pathophysiology of rotator cuff tear arthropathy, to explain the diagnostic features and to discuss the management of the disease.