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Isolated rupture of the subscapularis tendon in children: a case report and literature review

Gouron, Richarda; Deroussen, Françoisa; Juvet-Segarra, Marie; Mancheron, Catherineb; Bonnaire, Brunob; Collet, Louis-Michela

Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics B:
doi: 10.1097/BPB.0b013e32835c2a4a
Upper Limb

We report the case of an 11-year-old, male, competitive hockey player with a complete rupture of the subscapularis insertion but no avulsion fracture of the lesser tuberosity. Ultrasound and MRI were performed before surgical repair with suture anchors. The boy regained a normal range of movement after 4 weeks of immobilization and 2 months of rehabilitation. This unique case (with the absence of lesser tuberosity avulsion) is compared with the 16 other cases of paediatric subscapularis avulsion fracture reported in the literature.

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Departments of aPaediatric Orthopaedic Surgery

bRadiology, Amiens University Hospital, Jules Verne University of Picardie, Amiens, France

Correspondence to Richard Gouron, MD, PhD, Department of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery, Amiens University Hospital, Jules Verne University of Picardie, Place Victor Pauchet, F-80054 Amiens Cedex 1, France Tel: +33 322 6683 65; fax: +33 322 667764; e-mail:

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