Knee Surgery, Sports Traumatology, Arthroscopy

, Volume 5, Issue 4, pp 268–272

Acromial morphology: the enigma of terminology

  • A. F. W. Chambler
  • R. J. H. Emery
Review article

DOI: 10.1007/s001670050062

Cite this article as:
Chambler, A. & Emery, R. Knee Surgery (1997) 5: 268. doi:10.1007/s001670050062


Variation in acromial morphology has been associated with the pathogenesis of subacromial impingement syndrome and rotator cuff disease. However, the use of a multitude of different descriptive terminology has lead to confusion in the literature concerning acromial architecture. This review is aimed to show the discrepancy in the literature of acromial morphology and advise suitable terminology to prevent confusion in the future.

Key words Acromion Coracoacromial arch Morphology Spur Enthesophyte 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1997

Authors and Affiliations

  • A. F. W. Chambler
    • 1
  • R. J. H. Emery
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Orthopaedics, St. Mary’s Hospital, Praed Street, Paddington, London W3 INY, UK Tel.: (44) 171-725 1394 Fax: (44) 171-725 1766GB

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