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Technique guides are not considered high yield topics for orthopaedic standardized exams including ABOS, EBOT and RC.
A 40-year-old male presents to your clinic for evaluation of 8 months of left shoulder pain and weakness after a fall while skiing. MRI studies are shown in Figures A and B. Which of the following physical exam findings would be highly probable in this patient?
Increased passive flexion of the left shoulder compared to the right shoulder
Increased active internal rotation of the left shoulder compared to the right shoulder
Increased passive extension of the left shoulder compared to the right shoulder
Increased passive external rotation of the left shoulder compared to the right shoulder
Increased passive abduction of the left shoulder compared to the right shoulder
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Which of the following patients is the best candidate for a superior capsular reconstruction (SCR)?
59-year-old female with pseudoparalysis due to massive, irreparable supra- and infraspinatus tears and radiographic findings shown in Figure A
75-year-old male with pseudoparalysis due to massive, irreparable supraspinatus tear and radiographic findings showing Figure B
65-year-old mechanic with pseudoparalysis due to massive, irreparable supra- and infraspinatus tears with radiographic findings showing Figure B
59-year-old mechanic with pseudoparalysis due to massive, irreparable supraspinatus and subscapularis tears and radiographic findings shown in Figure A
45-year-old female with pseudoparalysis due to massive, irreparable supraspinatus and subscapularis tears with radiographic appearance showing in Figure A
A 52-year-old patient sustained a right anterior shoulder dislocation after falling down a flight of stairs several months ago and remains symptomatic. Which of the following figures demonstrates the expected injury associated with this?
A latissimus dorsi tendon transfer is indicated for which of the following clinical scenarios?
A 30-year-old carpenter with MRI findings depicted in Figure A
A 70-year old carpenter with MRI findings depicted in Figure A
A 30-year old carpenter with MRI findings depicted in Figure B
A 70-year old carpenter with MRI findings depicted in Figure B
A 30-year old on disability following a prior injury with MRI findings in Figure A
A 70-year-old right-hand dominant female presents to your office complaining of continued right shoulder pain 12 weeks after falling from a ladder, despite participating in a rigorous physical therapy program. She was initially reduced in the emergency department and her injury films are shown in Figures 1 and 2. On exam, she has weakness on active elevation and external rotation, but full passive range of motion and intact sensation. New radiographs reveal no acute osseous abnormalities and a concentric reduction. What is best next step and which diagnosis will most likely be revealed?
No additional testing, observation; residual chronic pain from shoulder dislocation
MRI brachial plexus; axillary nerve palsy
MRI cervical spine; C5 and C6 nerve root radiculopathy
MRI right shoulder; rotator cuff tear
Right upper extremity electromyography; axillary nerve palsy
A 27-year-old male reports right shoulder pain after sustaining a fall at work 3 weeks ago. He is found to have a rotator cuff injury with medial subluxation of the long head of the biceps tendon. Which of the nerves labeled in Figure A innervates the rotator cuff muscle that is likely injured in this patient?
A 47-year-old landscaper presents with worsening left shoulder pain and weakness. Three years ago, he injured the left shoulder in a fall and elected for nonoperative management to minimize time off from work. Physical therapy was effective until 6 months ago when his shoulder function worsened to the point that he is now unable to work. Examination of his active range of motion reveals forward elevation 120° with pain, abduction 100°, IR at neutral to T8 and ER at neutral 5°. He has a positive ER lag sign and Hornblower's sign. Belly press and lift-off tests are normal. A recent radiograph is shown in Figures A. MRI images are shown in Figures B and C. Which of the following is the best treatment option?
Continue physical therapy
Latissimus dorsi transfer
Arthroscopic rotator cuff repair
Pectoralis major transfer
Reverse total shoulder arthroplasty
Figure A shows an arthroscopic picture of a 62-year-old male undergoing repair of a torn subscapularis tendon. In the image shown, G represents the glenoid, H represents the humeral head, and the dotted line represents the superolateral border of the subscapularis tendon. Which two ligaments form the structure marked with the asterisk?
Inferior and middle glenohumeral ligaments
Middle and superior glenohumeral ligaments
Coracohumeral and coracoacromial ligaments
Coracohumeral and superior glenohumeral ligaments
Superior and inferior glenohumeral ligaments
A 45-year-old patient presents with pain and swelling after undergoing an arthroscopic rotator cuff repair 10 weeks ago. On physical exam the portal sites are healed and there is no drainage. Testing of the integrity of the rotator cuff is limited secondary to pain. He has a WBC of 11.0 (reference range, 3-11 cells/mL), ESR of 40 mm/hr (reference range, 0-22 mm/hr), and CRP of 1.5 mg/dL (reference range, 0-1 mg/dL). An aspiration is completed and no organisms are seen on the gram stain. Twelve days after the aspiration, positive cultures are reported. Which organism is most likely to have grown in culture medium?
A 47-year-old, healthy, active patient presents with a sub-acute, full-thickness supraspinatus tear. His physical examination reveals significant weakness and pain with abduction. There was no glenohumeral instability. Radiographs demonstrate a type 1 acromion. An MRI scan shows a crescent shaped tear with 2-cm of tendinous retraction and no tendinous fatty changes. A subacromial corticosteroid injection 6 weeks ago provided him with 24 hours of pain relief but no improvement in strength. What would be the most appropriate treatment option?
Repeat subacromial corticosteriod injection
Biological augmentation of rotator cuff with porcine small intestine xenograft
Rotator cuff repair
Rotator cuff repair plus acromioplasty
Rotator cuff repair, remplissage procedure, bicep tenodesis and distal clavicle excision
Which of the following statements regarding rotator cuff repair is true?
Bone anchor drilling enhances vascularity following rotator cuff repair
Shoulder motion following rotator cuff repair should be restricted to enhance blood flow to repair site
Double row rotator cuff repairs have better clinical results when compared to single row repairs
Subacromial decompression increases rates of successful rotator cuff repair
Failure to heal the rotator cuff tendon to bone consistently results in poor patient outcomes
A 73-year-old right-hand dominant female presents with the right shoulder injury shown in Figure A. She denies having any shoulder pain prior to a fall at work after slipping on some water 4 weeks ago. She smokes a pack of cigarettes per week. Which of the following characteristics of this patient confer the highest risk of not healing the injury following surgical repair?
Pack of cigarette smoking per week
Surgical repair 4 weeks after injury
Worker's compensation case
73 years of age
A 55-year-old carpenter presents with 6 weeks of right shoulder pain after installing ceiling drywall. He has no symptoms of night pain. His examination reveals 30 degrees lack of full flexion and abduction. He has full strength of the right shoulder. Radiographs are shown in Figures A and B. Coronal and Abduction-external rotation (ABER) MR images are shown in Figures C-E. What is the next most appropriate step in management?
Platelet rich plasma (PRP) injection
Arthroscopic SLAP repair
Arthroscopic subacromial decompression
A worker's compensation patient is scheduled for rotator cuff repair. His case manager asks you to comment on the expected outcomes of worker's compensation patients. In general, when compared to those of non-worker's compensation patients, the worker's compensation group shows which of the following?
Better functional outcomes and equivalent patient satisfaction
Less functional improvement and lower patient satisfaction
Equivalent functional outcomes and patient satisfaction
Equivalent functional outcomes and lower patient satisfaction
Less functional improvement and equivalent patient satisfaction
The rotator cuff in an overhead throwing athlete is most susceptible to tensile failure due to eccentric loading during which of the phases of throwing shown in Figure A?
Which patient has the best indication for latissimus dorsi transfer?
55-year-old man with cuff tear arthropathy and proximal humeral migration
85-year-old man with irreparable posterosuperior rotator cuff tear and 60 degrees of forward elevation and 0 degrees of active external rotation at his side
45-year–old man with complete irreparable supraspinatus and subscapularis tears with 90 degrees of active forward elevation
50-year-old man with large irreparable posterosuperior rotator cuff tear with 100 degrees of forward elevation and -10 degrees of external rotation
35-year-old with an acute traumatic complete posterosuperior cuff tear with 0 degrees of active external rotation
During shoulder arthroscopy of a 58-year-old female recreational golfer, the rotator cuff is examined and is seen to be intact on the articular side. After a bursectomy is performed in the subacromial space, a bursal sided tear is found measuring 1.5 cm from anterior to posterior and 4 mm in depth from the surface of the tendon with surrounding cuff softening. What is the appropriate management?
Debride the tear and perform an acromioplasty
Abort surgery and start a physical therapy program
Convert it to a full-thickness tear and repair it with suture anchors
Consider it incidental, as this is a common finding in this age group
Perform acromioplasty only
Rotator cuff tears (full thickness and partial thickness) in asymptomatic individuals are seen on MRI or ultrasound in what percentage of patients over the age of 60?
What is the average medial-to-lateral distance of the supraspinatus tendon insertion at its footprint on the greater tuberosity?
A 64-year-old male suffers a fall while working on his farm and presents to the ER with the shoulder injury noted in Figure A. He undergoes reduction without complications, and post-reduction radiographs are shown in Figures B and C. At his 10 day clinic follow-up is noted to have an inability to abduct his arm. Which of the following studies will best confirm the most likely diagnosis in this patient?
MRI of the shoulder
CT-angiogram of the affected extremity
Repeat shoulder x-rays
MRI of the brachial plexus
A 50-year-old man sustains a left shoulder injury after falling from a motorcycle. A physical examination test to examine for this shoulder injury is found in Figure A. What is the most likely diagnosis?
Teres minor tear
During diagnostic arthroscopic evaluation of a patient's shoulder, you identify a thickened portion of the coracohumeral ligament, near its avascular zone, running perpendicular to the supraspinatous tendon. The structure is identified in Figure A with black arrows. What is the name for this structure?
Middle glenohumeral ligament