J Korean Shoulder Elbow Soc.  2010 Jun;13(1):175-179.

Biological Characteristics of Rotator Cuff Tendon

Affiliations
  • 1Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, School of Medicine, Gyeongsang National University, Jinju, Gyeongnam, Korea. hbinpark@gnu.ac.kr

Abstract

PURPOSE
Rotator cuff disease is the most common shoulder disease. Rotator cuff tear, which is related to cuff tendon degeneration, is commonly encountered in clinical practice.
MATERIALS AND METHODS
Knowledge about the biology of the normal rotator cuff is fundamental to understanding the pathophysiology of and degenerative processes in rotator cuff tendon tears. Furthermore, such basic knowledge provides a rationale for and facilitates the development of treatment modalities.
RESULTS
AND CONCLUSION: Therefore, we reviewed the biology of the normal rotator cuff tendon, theories to explain the pathophysiology of rotator cuff tendon tear, and current research on apoptosis of rotator cuff tenofibroblasts.

Keyword

Biologic characteristics; Rotator cuff

MeSH Terms

Apoptosis
Biology
Population Characteristics
Rotator Cuff
Shoulder
Tendons
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