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Metal markers for radiographic visualization of rotator cuff margins: A new technique for radiographic assessment of cuff repair integrity



Metal markers for radiographic visualization of rotator cuff margins: A new technique for radiographic assessment of cuff repair integrity



International Journal of Shoulder Surgery 7(1): 37-39



Surgically repaired rotator cuff repairs may re-tear in the post-operative follow-up phase, and periodic imaging is useful for early detection. The authors describe a simple surgical technique that provides a visible clue to the tendon edge on an anteroposterior radiograph of the shoulder. The technique involves arthroscopic or mini-open radio-opaque tagging of the tendon edge using a metal marker, and followed by a double-row rotator cuff repair using suture anchors. Serial post-operative radiographs may then be used to monitor the position of the marker. Progressive or marked displacement of the marker suggests a failure of cuff repair integrity and should be evaluated further.

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PMID: 23858295

DOI: 10.4103/0973-6042.109898


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