Rotator cuff tears – is the contralateral shoulder at risk?

Are patients with rotator cuff tears more likely to have a rotator cuff tear in the contralateral shoulder?

A number of factors contributing to the risk for rotator cuff tears has been identified, of which age is one of the most distinct. Regardless of age, available data suggests that patients with a symptomatic rotator cuff tear in one shoulder have a higher prevalence of rotator cuff tears in the contralateral shoulder, either symptomatic or asymptomatic.


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