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Old 12-20-2010, 07:05 PM   #1
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mri results what does this mean

MRI SHOULDER WO CONT

MRI LEFT SHOULDER

REASON FOR EXAM: Shoulder pain, rotator cuff tear.

TECHNIQUE: Coronal T2-weighted images with fat-saturation, coronal
T1, sagittal T2-weighted images with fat-saturation, sagittal T1, and
axial proton density with fat saturation images were performed using
a dedicated shoulder coil.

FINDINGS: There is no joint effusion. A trace amount of fluid is
present in the subacromial-subdeltoid bursa.

The exam is technically limited secondary to a large amount of motion
artifact. There is abnormal signal within the supraspinatus tendon
at the myotendinous junction. This could be the sequela of partial
undersurface tear or tendinosis.

The acromioclavicular joint is mildly hypertrophied. The acromion is
flat.

The infraspinatus and subscapularis are intact. The biceps is
normally seated in the bicipital groove. The labrum is grossly
unremarkable.

IMPRESSION:

LIMITED EXAMINATION SECONDARY TO A LARGE AMOUNT OF MOTION ARTIFACT.
THERE IS SOME ABNORMAL SIGNAL WITHIN THE MYOTENDINOUS JUNCTION OF THE
SUPRASPINATUS WHICH COULD REPRESENT PARTIAL UNDERSURFACE TEAR OR
TENDINOSIS.

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Re: mri results what does this mean

Sorry no one has gotten bck to you. Has your ortho seen you yet?

The supraspinatus in one of the rotator cuff tendons and it says you may have a partial tear from the underside of the tendon...very common. That would be causing your pain. I have the exact same thing in my left shoulder and have not had surgery. I did have a full tear in the right and had that repaired.

Your doc may suggest surgery but be aware that you can wait. The recovery is long and you will always be at risk of rupturing it again.

let me know...............Jenny

 
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Re: mri results what does this mean

It is my 13 year old son, the Ortho Dr. says there was no problem. Which was odd to me after reading the report but it does say possible tear. the Ortho suggested more Physical therapy to strengthen the RC

 
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That sounds reasonable. You don't want surgery on a 13 teen year old if you don't need it. And he's young enough that the tendon may repair itself.

By doing PT, he'll take the stress off the tendon by strengthening the muscles. Very important. Will give the tendon time to heal. And will lessen the chance he'll rupture the entire tendon.

So do the PT....you have to do PT after surgery for months! It's better to do it now then risk a full tear and months of PT after wards and the chance of repeating the tear for the rest of his life.

good luck..............Jenny

 
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Thank you so much

 
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