Tears of the Subscapularis Tendon: A Critical Analysis Review

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The published literature on tears of the subscapularis tendon is relatively sparse when compared with that on tears of the supraspinatus or infraspinatus tendons. Nevertheless, subscapularis tendon tears are in fact extremely common. Bennett, in a retrospective study, reported that the overall prevalence of subscapularis tears among patients undergoing shoulder arthroscopy was 28% (46 of 165) and was even higher in the subset of patients who had rotator cuff tears (35%; 46 of 130)1. Other authors have reported similar or even higher rates of up to 49%2-4.
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