Clin Should Elbow.  2020 Jun;23(2):100-104. 10.5397/cise.2019.00409.

Reverse shoulder arthroplasty with os acromiale

  • 1Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Gwangju Veterans Hospital, Gwangju, Korea


Function and strength of the deltoid muscle are important in reverse shoulder arthroplasty (RSA). Moreover, location and shape of the acromion, clavicle, and scapular spine, which are origins of the deltoid muscle, are also important. The frequency of os acromiale is 5% to 15%; however, it is rare in the Asian population, affecting approximately 0.7% of Koreans. RSA has rarely been reported in patients with os acromiale. We present a case series of two patients with cuff tear and arthropathy combined with os acromiale who underwent RSA. From 2016 to 2018, two patients with os acromiale who presented with pain and limited range of motion (ROM) underwent RSA with cuff tear arthropathy using the subscapularis-sparing deltopectoral approach. Their ROM, visual analog scale (VAS), and satisfaction were evaluated before and after surgery. In both patients, VAS decreased, ROM increased, and postoperative satisfaction increased. There were no specific complications due to os acromiale. The VAS, ROM, and satisfaction of patients improved after surgery compared with values before surgery. Thus, os acromiale is not a contraindication for RSA. However, careful attention must be given during surgery to ensure optimal repair and recovery.


Os acromiale; Cuff tear arthropathy; Reverse shoulder arthroplasty
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