Case study: failure of superior capsular reconstruction using dermal allograft

J. Zerr, J. D. McDermott, N. M. Beckmann, R. K. Fullick, A. Chhabra

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Superior capsular reconstruction (SCR) is a novel technique for treating irreparable rotator cuff tears in younger patients in whom a reverse total shoulder arthroplasty is not the optimal treatment choice. This case study describes a middle-aged male with a recurrent, massive, irreparable rotator cuff tear treated with SCR that subsequently failed at the glenoid attachment. The patient underwent successful arthroscopic revision of the SCR. The case illustrates the MRI and arthroscopic correlations of the failed dermal allograft reconstruction, which to our knowledge has not been previously shown in the radiology literature.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1585-1589
Number of pages5
JournalSkeletal Radiology
Issue number11
StatePublished - Nov 1 2017


  • Dermal allograft
  • Rotator cuff repair
  • Rotator cuff repair failure
  • Rotator cuff tear
  • Superior capsular reconstruction

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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