Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty: an imaging overview

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Although not as common as hip or knee arthroplasty, shoulder arthroplasty is becoming a more common procedure. Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (RTSA) is known to be an effective surgical procedure for massive irreparable rotator cuff tears, comminuted proximal humerus fractures, and revision shoulder arthroplasty. The utilization of RTSA has been increasing, and although complications following reverse arthroplasty have been reported, there are few reports in the literature that focus on the imaging features of RTSA. Herein, we demonstrate the biomechanics of RTSA, prosthesis components, indications, and imaging features of the normal postoperative appearance and various complications after RTSA. Familiarization with the normal and abnormal imaging appearances after RTSA can be helpful for appropriate management of patients.

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Lee, D.H., Choi, Y.S., Potter, H.G. et al. Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty: an imaging overview. Skeletal Radiol 49, 19–30 (2020).

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  • Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty
  • Radiography
  • Computed tomography
  • Magnetic resonance imaging
  • Ultrasonography