Clinical Assessment After Failed Cuff Repair

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SummaryThis review discusses the clinical assessment of failed rotator cuff repairs, with an overview of the causes of failed cuff repairs including the most commonly reported factors. The clinical assessment emphasizes the history and what specific information regarding prior nonoperative and operative treatments the patient has undergone. The history guides the physical examination with important clinical signs and a review of their relative reliability. Finally, ancillary studies and their sensitivity and specificity for showing recurrent tears are reviewed.

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