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According to a study published online in the Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery, negative T-scale value may predict poorer clinical outcomes and higher retear rates for certain patients with full-thickness rotator cuff tears. 

The researchers reviewed data on 120 consecutive patients undergoing primary rotator cuff repair and found that preoperative T-scale correlated significantly with postoperative forward elevation and clinical scores for patients with large to massive tears but not among patients with small to medium tears. Overall, the relative risk of retear was 2.0 to 7.9 times greater for patients with negative T-scale values. Learn more...