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Acromial Malunion After Prior Acromioplasty Associated With Deltoid Dysfunction

Aiyer, Amiethab MD; Kish, Alexander MD; Goodspeed, David MD; Armstrong, April MD, FRCSC

Techniques in Shoulder & Elbow Surgery: June 2016 - Volume 17 - Issue 2 - p 58–62
doi: 10.1097/BTE.0000000000000063

Deltoid dysfunction is a devastating complication following shoulder surgery. In this case report we describe complications following an arthroscopic acromioplasty and open rotator cuff repair that resulted in an acromial fracture and malunion, deltoid dysfunction, and compromise of the acromioclavicular/coracoclavicular ligament complex. The patient was informed that data concerning this case would be submitted for publication and she consented.

*Department of Orthopaedics, Penn State/Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA

Department of Orthopaedics, University of Wisconsin-Madison, Madison, WI

Dr Armstrong is a consultant for Zimmer Biomet Inc. The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Reprints: April Armstrong, MD, FRCSC, Department of Orthopaedics, Penn State/Hershey Medical Center, 30 Hope Drive, Hershey, PA 17033 (e-mail:

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