Etiopathogenesis of Rotator Cuff Arthropathy

  • Vittorio Candela
  • Daniele Passaretti
  • Stefano Gumina


In the early 1980s, Neer et al. [1, 2] have coined the term “rotator cuff arthropathy” to indicate a nosological condition characterized by arthritic degeneration of the glenohumeral joint consequent to the massive posterosuperior rotator cuff tear. However, more than a century earlier, Adams [3], in his book on rheumatic gout, and Smith [4, 5] had described cases of shoulder arthropathy characterized by erosion of the upper portion of the humeral head, of the acromion, of the distal third of the clavicle, and of the rotator cuff tear. Codman [6], in his monograph published in 1934, had described the case of a woman, 51 years old, whose shoulder underwent rotator cuff tear, glenohumeral arthropathy, loose bodies, and swelling for the abundant articular synovial fluid.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Vittorio Candela
    • 1
    • 2
  • Daniele Passaretti
    • 1
    • 2
  • Stefano Gumina
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of Anatomy, Histology, Legal Medicine and OrthopedicsSapienza, University of RomeRomeItaly
  2. 2.Istituto Chirurgico Ortopedico Traumatologico (ICOT)LatinaItaly
  3. 3.Department of Orthopaedics and TraumatologySapienza University of RomeRomeItaly

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