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J Korean Shoulder Elbow Soc. 2010 Jun;13(1):161-166. Korean. Review.
Yum JK , Lee HS , Park SB .
Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Sang-gye Paik Hospital, Inje university, Seoul, South Korea. npy71@hanmail.net
Abstract

PURPOSE: Irreparable massive rotator cuff tears pose a distinct clinical challenge for the orthopaedist and non-surgical treatment has had inconsistent results and proven unsuccessful for chronic symptoms, while surgery, including debridement and partial and complete repairs have had varying degrees of success. MATERIALS AND METHODS: For rotator cuff tears that are deemed irreparable, treatment options are limited. RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: The use of tendon transfers (latissimus dorsi for posterosuperior type cuff defects and pectoralis major for subscapularis defects) in younger patients to reconstruct rotator cuffs and re-establish function and restore shoulder kinematics can be useful in solving this difficult problem.

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