Arthroscopic Management of Calcific Tendonitis

  • Mark I. Loebenberg
  • Andrew S. Rokito


Calcific tendonitis of the rotator cuff is a distinct pathological entity that occurs when calcium deposits accumulate within the substance of the rotator cuff tendons. This condition should be distinguished from the degenerative calcifications seen in association with the edges of a torn rotator cuff. Calcific tendonitis can present with varying degrees of severity. In some patients, deposits will be noted as an incidental finding on radiographic examination. In other patients, these deposits appear to be responsible for significant functional disability. The surgeon’s task is to determine when intratendinous calcium deposits are the source of the patient’s symptoms, and to diminish or shorten the duration of those symptoms with appropriate intervention.


Rotator Cuff Calcium Deposit Rotator Cuff Tear Rotator Cuff Repair Extracorporeal Shock Wave Therapy 
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  • Mark I. Loebenberg
  • Andrew S. Rokito

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