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Emergency department diagnosis of supraspinatus tendon calcification and shoulder impingement syndrome using bedside ultrasonography

David C Riley*, Martha Kaufman, Theresa M Ward, Yesenia Acevedo, Rodney Guerra and Adenike Folorunsho

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Emergency Medicine Department, Columbia University Medical Center, New York, NY, USA

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Critical Ultrasound Journal 2013, 5:2  doi:10.1186/2036-7902-5-2

Published: 11 February 2013


A 45-year-old woman presented to the emergency department with a 2-day history of severe left shoulder pain made worse with movement. Emergency department (ED) bedside point-of-care static and dynamic ultrasound examination of the supraspinatus tendon revealed supraspinatus tendon calcification with impingement syndrome, and the patient was urgently referred to orthopedics after ED pain control was achieved. Bedside shoulder and supraspinatus tendon evaluation with static and dynamic ultrasonography can assist in the rapid diagnosis of supraspinatus tendon calcification and supraspinatus tendon impingement syndrome in the emergency department.

Ultrasound; Emergency department; Supraspinatus tendon calcification; Impingement syndrome