European Radiology

, Volume 26, Issue 8, pp 2819–2827 | Cite as

US-guided percutaneous treatment and physical therapy in rotator cuff calcific tendinopathy of the shoulder: outcome at 3 and 12 months

  • Giulio PasquottiEmail author
  • Alex Faccinetto
  • Umberto Marchioro
  • Matteo Todisco
  • Vincenzo Baldo
  • Silvia Cocchio
  • Giorgio De Conti



To monitor the results of ultrasound (US)-guided percutaneous treatment of calcific tendinopathy of the shoulder at 12 months (T12) after treatment (T0). To verify the possible relations between some pre- and post-procedural variables with the clinical outcome at T12.


Forty-seven patients (26 female and 21 male) were enrolled in the study. Patients' approval and written informed consent were obtained. Symptoms were assessed by Constant Shoulder Score (CSS) at T0 and T12. Thirty of these also underwent a CSS control at 3 months (T3). The treatment efficacy was statistically tested for relation with location and type of calcification, characteristics of the tendon and subdeltoid bursa, impingement, and rehabilitation treatments.


There was a significant increase in the average CSS value between T0 and T12 (40.7 vs. 75.3). The variables analysed did not show a statistically significant effect on the outcome at T12. A link was noticed only between patients' increasing age and score improvement, particularly among female subjects.


US-guided treatment of calcific tendonitis is a viable therapeutic option. No pre- or intra-procedural parameters emerged which might help in predicting the outcome, apart from patients' needs in everyday life.

Key points

US-guided tcreatment of shoulder calcific tendinopathy is an excellent therapeutic option

Long-term results seem greatly affected by patients’ features and needs in everyday life

No proven pre- or intra-procedural parameters emerged that might predict the outcome


Calcific tendinitis of the shoulder US-guided percutaneous treatment Shoulder impingement Subacromial bursal thickening Rehabilitation 



subacromial subdeltoid bursa


Constant Shoulder Score



The scientific guarantor of this publication is Giorgio De Conti, MD. The authors of this manuscript declare no relationships with any companies, whose products or services may be related to the subject matter of the article. The authors state that this work has not received any funding. Vincenzo Baldo and Silvia Cocchio kindly provided statistical advice for this manuscript. Institutional Review Board approval was not required. Patients' approval was obtained in order to enrol them in the study, and it was considered sufficient since the study was not intended to modify the patients' treatment in any way. Written informed consent was obtained from all subjects (patients) in this study. Methodology: prospective, observational, performed at one institution.

Supplementary material

Video 1

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Video 2 Elastic subdeltoid bursa. Prompt distension of the bursa is shown, which does not appear significantly thickened or with definite thickened septa inside. (MPG 650 kb)
Video 3

Fibroadhesive subdeltoid bursa. The bursa is very thickened. Bursal distension in this case is only partial and not uniform, with many synovial laciniae that impede normal diffusion of the injected saline solution. (MPG 6640 kb)

Video 4

Fibroadhesive subdeltoid bursa. The bursa is very thickened. Bursal distension in this case is only partial and not uniform, with many synovial laciniae that impede normal diffusion of the injected saline solution. (MPG 3836 kb)


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Giulio Pasquotti
    • 1
    Email author
  • Alex Faccinetto
    • 2
  • Umberto Marchioro
    • 1
  • Matteo Todisco
    • 2
  • Vincenzo Baldo
    • 3
  • Silvia Cocchio
    • 3
  • Giorgio De Conti
    • 1
  1. 1.U.O di Radiologia IAzienda Ospedaliera Universitaria di PadovaPadovaItaly
  2. 2.Istituto di RadiologiaUniversità degli Studi di PadovaPadovaItaly
  3. 3.Department Molecolar Medicine Institute of Hygiene, Laboratory of Public HealthUniversity of PaduaPadovaItaly

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