Longitudinal Study of Asymptomatic Rotator Cuff Tears
The purpose of this study is to analyze the natural course of asymptomatic rotator cuff tears.
Rotator Cuff Tear
|Study Design:||Observational Model: Case-Only
Time Perspective: Prospective
|Official Title:||Longitudinal Study of Asymptomatic Rotator Cuff Tears. A Three Year Follow-up of Symptomatic Status and Tear Characteristics Like Tear Size, Muscle Atrophy and Fatty Degeneration|
- Symptoms from a rotator cuff tear [ Time Frame: 3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]The symptomatic status of initially asymptomatic rotator cuff tears is followed up by reexamination after three years
- Tear characteristics on MRI and sonography [ Time Frame: 3 years ] [ Designated as safety issue: No ]Tear characteristics from initially asymptomatic rotator cuff tears are followed up by reexamination by MRI and sonography after three years
|Study Start Date:||October 2008|
|Study Completion Date:||July 2012|
|Primary Completion Date:||December 2011 (Final data collection date for primary outcome measure)|
Asymptomatic rotator cuff tear
Subjects identified with an asymptomatic rotator cuff tear
Fifty subjects with an asymptomatic rotator cuff tear were identified in an earlier study. Clinical, sonographic and MRI reexamination of these subjects is performed after an interval of three years. Findings of interest include: (1) the symptomatic status of the subjects (still asymptomatic or symptomatic); (2)tear size on sonography and MRI (unchanged or increased); (3)degree of muscle atrophy on MRI (unchanged or deteriorated); (4)degree of fatty muscle degeneration on MRI (unchanged or deteriorated). We want to analyze whether a change in these tear characteristics is associated with a change of the symptomatic status of these subjects.