Spontaneous resolution of an intramuscular supraspinatous cyst: a case report and literature review

Orthopaedic Surgery, Radiology
Case Report
10.1102/1470-5206.2009.0008
9
29-32
Spontaneous resolution of an intramuscular supraspinatous cyst: a case report and literature review

Intramuscular supraspinatous cysts are rare and usually related to partial supraspinatous tendon tears. Conventional magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and MRI arthrography are the most commonly used modalities for imaging such rotator cuff pathology. Treatment and follow-up of such cysts is not well documented in the literature. We report the successful conservative management and follow-up of a patient with a supraspinatous cyst. A patient presented with a 2-month history of right shoulder pain following painting and decorating. An MRI scan showed a supraspinatous cyst and thinning of the supraspinatous tendon. The patient was treated conservatively and at 6 months follow-up was found to be asymptomatic. A repeat MRI scan confirmed complete resolution of the supraspinatous cyst.

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Editor-in-Chief

Frank Cross
Consultant Vascular and General Surgeon
The London Clinic, UK

Editors

Neil Barnes
Consultant Physician
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK
Ali Jawad
Professor of Rheumatology
Barts Health NHS Trust, London, UK

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