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Adhesive Capsulitis, Shoulder
Michael J. Tuite, MD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Pathology

          • Clinical Issues

            TERMINOLOGY

            • Abbreviations

              • Adhesive capsulitis (AdC)
            • Synonyms

              • Frozen shoulder, scapulohumeral periarthritis
            • Definitions

              • ↓ ROM from tight, fibrotic capsule

            IMAGING

            • General Features

              • Radiographic Findings

                • CT Findings

                  • MR Findings

                    • Imaging Recommendations

                      DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                        PATHOLOGY

                        • General Features

                          • Staging, Grading, & Classification

                            • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                              CLINICAL ISSUES

                              • Presentation

                                • Demographics

                                  • Natural History & Prognosis

                                    • Treatment

                                      DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                      • Consider

                                        • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                          • Reporting Tips

                                            Selected References

                                            1. Kim SJ et al: Contrast dispersion pattern and efficacy of corticosteroid at the glenohumeral joint in adhesive capsulitis. Pain Physician. 18(5):E787-94, 2015
                                            2. Wu CH et al: Elasticity of the coracohumeral ligament in patients with adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder. Radiology. 150888, 2015
                                            3. Yoong P et al: Targeted ultrasound-guided hydrodilatation via the rotator interval for adhesive capsulitis. Skeletal Radiol. 44(5):703-8, 2015
                                            4. Carbone S et al: MRI of adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder: distension of the bursa in the superior subscapularis recess is a suggestive sign of the pathology. Eur J Radiol. 83(2):345-8, 2014
                                            5. Tamai K et al: Primary frozen shoulder: brief review of pathology and imaging abnormalities. J Orthop Sci. 19(1):1-5, 2014
                                            6. Harris G et al: Adhesive capsulitis: review of imaging and treatment. J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol. 57(6):633-43, 2013
                                            7. Gondim Teixeira PA et al: Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder: value of inferior glenohumeral ligament signal changes on T2-weighted fat-saturated images. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 198(6):W589-96, 2012
                                            8. Kim KC et al: Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder: dimensions of the rotator interval measured with magnetic resonance arthrography. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 18(3):437-42, 2009
                                            9. Shaikh A et al: Adhesive capsulitis demonstrated on magnetic resonance imaging. Orthopedics. 32(1):2, 2009
                                            10. Sofka CM et al: Magnetic resonance imaging of adhesive capsulitis: correlation with clinical staging. HSS J. 4(2):164-9, 2008
                                            11. Lee JC et al: MRI of the rotator interval of the shoulder. Clin Radiol. 62(5):416-23, 2007
                                            12. Jung JY et al: Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder: evaluation with MR arthrography. Eur Radiol. 16(4):791-6, 2006
                                            13. Hall FM: Frozen shoulder. Radiology. 235(2):713-4; author reply 714, 2005
                                            14. Lefevre-Colau MM et al: Magnetic resonance imaging of shoulders with idiopathic adhesive capsulitis: reliability of measures. Eur Radiol. 15(12):2415-22, 2005
                                            15. Mengiardi B et al: Frozen shoulder: MR arthrographic findings. Radiology. 233(2):486-92, 2004
                                            16. Lee MH et al: Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder: diagnosis using magnetic resonance arthrography, with arthroscopic findings as the standard. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 27(6):901-6, 2003
                                            17. Connell D et al: Adhesive capsulitis: role of MR imaging in differential diagnosis. Eur Radiol. 12(8):2100-6, 2002
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                                            KEY FACTS

                                            • Terminology

                                              • Imaging

                                                • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                                  • Pathology

                                                    • Clinical Issues

                                                      TERMINOLOGY

                                                      • Abbreviations

                                                        • Adhesive capsulitis (AdC)
                                                      • Synonyms

                                                        • Frozen shoulder, scapulohumeral periarthritis
                                                      • Definitions

                                                        • ↓ ROM from tight, fibrotic capsule

                                                      IMAGING

                                                      • General Features

                                                        • Radiographic Findings

                                                          • CT Findings

                                                            • MR Findings

                                                              • Imaging Recommendations

                                                                DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                                  PATHOLOGY

                                                                  • General Features

                                                                    • Staging, Grading, & Classification

                                                                      • Gross Pathologic & Surgical Features

                                                                        CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                                        • Presentation

                                                                          • Demographics

                                                                            • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                              • Treatment

                                                                                DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                                • Consider

                                                                                  • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                                                    • Reporting Tips

                                                                                      Selected References

                                                                                      1. Kim SJ et al: Contrast dispersion pattern and efficacy of corticosteroid at the glenohumeral joint in adhesive capsulitis. Pain Physician. 18(5):E787-94, 2015
                                                                                      2. Wu CH et al: Elasticity of the coracohumeral ligament in patients with adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder. Radiology. 150888, 2015
                                                                                      3. Yoong P et al: Targeted ultrasound-guided hydrodilatation via the rotator interval for adhesive capsulitis. Skeletal Radiol. 44(5):703-8, 2015
                                                                                      4. Carbone S et al: MRI of adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder: distension of the bursa in the superior subscapularis recess is a suggestive sign of the pathology. Eur J Radiol. 83(2):345-8, 2014
                                                                                      5. Tamai K et al: Primary frozen shoulder: brief review of pathology and imaging abnormalities. J Orthop Sci. 19(1):1-5, 2014
                                                                                      6. Harris G et al: Adhesive capsulitis: review of imaging and treatment. J Med Imaging Radiat Oncol. 57(6):633-43, 2013
                                                                                      7. Gondim Teixeira PA et al: Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder: value of inferior glenohumeral ligament signal changes on T2-weighted fat-saturated images. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 198(6):W589-96, 2012
                                                                                      8. Kim KC et al: Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder: dimensions of the rotator interval measured with magnetic resonance arthrography. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 18(3):437-42, 2009
                                                                                      9. Shaikh A et al: Adhesive capsulitis demonstrated on magnetic resonance imaging. Orthopedics. 32(1):2, 2009
                                                                                      10. Sofka CM et al: Magnetic resonance imaging of adhesive capsulitis: correlation with clinical staging. HSS J. 4(2):164-9, 2008
                                                                                      11. Lee JC et al: MRI of the rotator interval of the shoulder. Clin Radiol. 62(5):416-23, 2007
                                                                                      12. Jung JY et al: Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder: evaluation with MR arthrography. Eur Radiol. 16(4):791-6, 2006
                                                                                      13. Hall FM: Frozen shoulder. Radiology. 235(2):713-4; author reply 714, 2005
                                                                                      14. Lefevre-Colau MM et al: Magnetic resonance imaging of shoulders with idiopathic adhesive capsulitis: reliability of measures. Eur Radiol. 15(12):2415-22, 2005
                                                                                      15. Mengiardi B et al: Frozen shoulder: MR arthrographic findings. Radiology. 233(2):486-92, 2004
                                                                                      16. Lee MH et al: Adhesive capsulitis of the shoulder: diagnosis using magnetic resonance arthrography, with arthroscopic findings as the standard. J Comput Assist Tomogr. 27(6):901-6, 2003
                                                                                      17. Connell D et al: Adhesive capsulitis: role of MR imaging in differential diagnosis. Eur Radiol. 12(8):2100-6, 2002