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Official Journal of the Italian Society of Orthopaedics and Traumatology

Table 2 Characteristics of the rotator cuff tears

From: Massive rotator cuff tears: functional outcome after debridement or arthroscopic partial repair

  Group 1, partial repair, number (%) Group 2, debridement, number (%) All, number (%)
Size
 Large (3 to <5 cm) 5 (23.8) 3 (14.3) 8 (38.1)
 Massive (≥5 cm) 16 (76.2) 18 (85.7) 34 (80.1)
Location
 SSP 6 (28.6) 4 (19.1) 10 (23.8)
 SSP + ISP 15 (71.4) 17 (80.1) 32 (76.2)
Tendon retraction
 Stump between humeral head and glenoid 5 (20.8) 6 (25) 11 (22.9)
 Stump at level of glenoid 19 (79.2) 18 (75) 37 (77.1)
Fatty infiltration
 50–75% 18 (85.7) 17 (80.1) 35 (83.4)
 >75% 3 (14.3) 4 (19.1) 7 (16.6)
  1. SSP supraspinatus, ISP infraspinatus
  2. Tendon retraction is described by the Patte classification (1990) and muscle vitality (fatty degeneration) is recorded according to the classification of Goutallier (1994)