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Mid-term Clinical and Radiological Outcomes of Latissimus Dorsi Tendon Transfer in Massive Rotator Cuff Tears
Clin Should Elbow 2019;22:220-226
Published online December 1, 2019;  https://doi.org/10.5397/cise.2019.22.4.220
© 2019 Korean Shoulder and Elbow Society.

Dongwhan Suh, Jong-Hun Ji , Kirtan Tankshali, Eung-Sic Kim
Correspondence to: Jong-Hun Ji
Department of Orthopedic Surgery, Daejeon St. Mary셲 Hospital, The Catholic University of Korea, 64 Daeheung-ro, Jung-gu, Daejeon 34943, Korea
Tel: +82-42-220-9530, Fax: +82-42-221-0429, E-mail: jijh87@gmail.com, ORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-1087-3254 IRB approval: The Catholic University of Korea, Daejeon St. Mary셲 Hospital (No. DC19RESI0034).
Received August 26, 2019; Revised October 24, 2019; Accepted October 27, 2019.
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Background: This retrospective study was undertaken to evaluate mid-term clinical and radiological outcomes of lattisimus dorsi (LD) tendon transfer in patients with irreparable massive rotator cuff tears (MRCT). We hypothesize that LD tendon transfer would provide safe and satisfactory clinical outcomes at mid-term follow-up.
Methods: From November 2008 to December 2016, 23 patients (57.5 짹 4.4 years; 20 male, 3 female) who underwent LD tendon transfer for massive tears, were enrolled. Inclusion criteria were irreparable MRCT. Exclusion criteria included full thickness subscapularis tear, rotator cuff arthropathy, anterosuperior rotator cuff tear, and osteoarthritis. Mean follow-up period was 4.7 짹 4.0 years (range, 2–12 years). Clinical assessment (American Shoulder and Elbow Surgeons [ASES], University of California, Los Angeles [UCLA], Simple Shoulder Test [SST]) and radiographic assessment (osteoarthritis [OA], acromiohumeral distance [AHI]) were evaluated.
Results: ASES, UCLA and SST scores, and range of motion (ROM), except internal rotation, improved significantly at the last followup (p<0.05). Also, AHI was significantly improved at the last follow-up, from 6.6 mm to 8.2 mm (p=0.008). At the final follow-up, the radiologic stages of the glenohumeral osteoarthritis were determined as stage 1 in 9 patients, stage 2 in 10 patients, stage 3 in 2 patients, and stage 4 in 2 patients. Complications were observed in 21.7% cases: 3 re-tears and 2 infections were noted in our study.
Conclusions: LD tendon transfer for irreparable MRCT provides satisfactory clinical outcomes at mid-term follow-up. Mild degenerative osteoarthritis (stage 1, 2) of the shoulder joint are common at the mid-term follow-up. Also, complications such as tear, infection should be considered.
Keywords : Latissimus dorsi tendon transfer; Irreparable massive rotator cuff tear; Osteoarthritis; Acromiohumeral distance