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What Influence Does Progression of a Nonhealing Rotator Cuff Tear Have on Shoulder Pain and Function?

Jeon, Yoon Sang MD; Kim, Rag Gyu MD; Shin, Sang-Jin MD

Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research®: July 2018 - Volume 476 - Issue 7 - p 1550
doi: 10.1007/s11999.0000000000000249

Y. S. Jeon, R. G. Kim, S-J Shin, Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Ewha Womans University, School of Medicine, Seoul, Korea

S.-J. Shin MD, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery Ewha Womans University Mokdong Hospital 1072 anyangcheon-ro, Yangcheon-Ku Seoul, 158-710 Korea e-mail:

(RE: Jeon YS, Kim RG, Shin SJ. What Influence Does Progression of a Nonhealing Rotator Cuff Tear Have on Shoulder Pain and Function? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017;475:1596–1604).

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To the Editor,

We would like to thank Dr. Narvani for his interest in our study and for correctly pointing out an error in the Discussion section of our study [1].

We set out to determine whether tear size progression (increase or decrease) affects the clinical outcome and the strength of patients with nonhealed rotator cuff tendons after repair. We concluded that patients with decreased tear size showed improved shoulder function and muscle strength than those with an increased tear. Therefore, the sentence quoted in the letter indeed was inaccurate as it appeared in our paper, and should have been: “Patients without healing of the repaired rotator cuff tendon with a decrease in the size of their tear, as measured at 6 months after surgery, experienced better shoulder function and muscle strength from those with increased tear size when followed beyond 6 months.”

We appreciate Dr. Narvani for his careful attention, and we apologize for our error.

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1. Jeon YS, Kim RG, Shin SJ. What influence does progression of a nonhealing rotator cuff tear have on shoulder pain and function? Clin Orthop Relat Res. 2017;475:1596–1604.
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