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Imaging of Usual and Unusual Complication of Rotator Cuff Repair

Albano, Domenico, MD*; Chianca, Vito, MD*; Zappia, Marcello, MD, PhD; Russo, Raffaele, MD; Romano, Stefania, MD§; Sconfienza, Luca Maria, MD, PhD*∥; Di Pietto, Francesco, MD, PhD

Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography: May/June 2019 - Volume 43 - Issue 3 - p 359–366
doi: 10.1097/RCT.0000000000000846
Musculoskeletal Imaging

Several complications may be encountered after rotator cuff (RC) repair. A thorough knowledge of surgical interventions, normal postoperative findings, and postoperative complications is crucial to provide a timely diagnosis, improving the clinical outcome of patients. Postoperative complications may involve RC, implanted device, osteochondral tissue, surgical-site infection, peripheral nerves, soft tissues, and vascular structures. In this review, we discuss the usual and unusual complications detectable after RC repair.

From the *IRCCS Istituto Ortopedico Galeazzi, Milano, Italy;

Department of Medicine and Health Sciences, Università del Molise, Campobasso;

Department of Orthopaedic surgery, Pineta Grande Hospital, Castel Volturno;

§UOC Diagnostica per Immagini PO "Santa Maria delle Grazie", ASL NA2 Nord, Pozzuoli, Napoli;

Department of Biomedical Sciences for Health, Università degli Studi di Milano; and

Department of Radiology, Pineta Grande Hospital, Castel Volturno, Italy.

Received for publication July 24, 2018; accepted December 17, 2018.

Correspondence to: Francesco Di Pietto, MD, PhD, Calata Trinità Maggiore 4, 80134, Napoli, Italy (e-mail:

This research did not receive any specific grant from funding agencies in the public, commercial, or not-for-profit sectors.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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