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What does this MRI of bursitis of shoulder joint and rotator cuff tear in shoulder indicate?

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Posted on Sat, 12 Jul 2014
Question: MRI shows (1) Large collection of fluid communicating with glenohumeraljoint and subacromial bursa.(2)a bout 2.3cm x 3cm full-thickness tear on the mid anterior fibers of the distal supraspinatus tendon with mild decrease in the bulk of the supraspinatus musle. (3)Infraspinatus tendon shows tendinosis. (4)Mild tendinosis of the subscapularis tendon with focal moderate grade undesurface [partial thickness tear. (5)There is thickening of the intra-atrial segment of the long head of the biceps tendon. (5)There is some fluid within the subacromial/subdeltoid bursa. What does all these mean,do I really need sugery?
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Answered by Dr. Chander Mohan Singh (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Rotator cuff and bursa both are involved.

Detailed Answer:
Hi,

I have read your query.

You have not given history of previous fall or minor trauma, anyways. Your MRI scan tells about bursitits of shoulder joint and rotator cuff tear in shoulder.

For your information I want to explain you a little bit about rotator cuff. Rotator cuff helps in all the movements of shoulder joint and bursa act as lubricant and shock absorber.

Rotator cuff refers collectively to a group of four relatively small muscles that surround the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. These muscles are called the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor.

Your MRI scan shows defect in both these components and if pain and loss of movement are severe, then you definitely need arthroscopic surgery.

Cost of surgery vary from $17000-22000.

I hope you have got your answer.

You are welcome to ask further health related query.

Thanks.

Dr.Singh
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What does this MRI of bursitis of shoulder joint and rotator cuff tear in shoulder indicate?

Brief Answer: Rotator cuff and bursa both are involved. Detailed Answer: Hi, I have read your query. You have not given history of previous fall or minor trauma, anyways. Your MRI scan tells about bursitits of shoulder joint and rotator cuff tear in shoulder. For your information I want to explain you a little bit about rotator cuff. Rotator cuff helps in all the movements of shoulder joint and bursa act as lubricant and shock absorber. Rotator cuff refers collectively to a group of four relatively small muscles that surround the ball and socket joint of the shoulder. These muscles are called the supraspinatus, infraspinatus, subscapularis and teres minor. Your MRI scan shows defect in both these components and if pain and loss of movement are severe, then you definitely need arthroscopic surgery. Cost of surgery vary from $17000-22000. I hope you have got your answer. You are welcome to ask further health related query. Thanks. Dr.Singh