Rim rent tear of rotator cuff

Dr Henry Knipe and Dr Yuranga Weerakkody et al.

A rim rent tear of the rotator cuff, also known as partial articular surface tendon avulsion (PASTA), is a specific subtype of partial-thickness rotator cuff tear that involves the articular surface footprint at the site of tendon attachment into the greater tubercle 2. This sort of tear is relatively common and also can involve the infraspinatus tendon 3.

History and etymology

The term “rim-rent” was first used by E A Codman in 1934 3-4.

Article information

rID: 22565
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Rim rent tear of shoulder
  • Rim-rent tears
  • Rim-rent tear
  • Rim rent tear of the rotator cuff
  • Rim-rent tear of rotator cuff
  • Rim-rent tears of rotator cuff
  • Rim-rent tears of the rotator cuff
  • Partial articular surface tendon avulsion (PASTA)

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