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Deltoid Muscle Injury
Michael J. Tuite, MD
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KEY FACTS

  • Terminology

    • Imaging

      • Top Differential Diagnoses

        • Pathology

          • Clinical Issues

            TERMINOLOGY

            • Synonyms

              • Deltoid muscle tear, dehiscence, detachment
            • Definitions

              • Postsurgical; associated with massive rotator cuff tear; traumatic deltoid tears

            IMAGING

            • General Features

              • Radiographic Findings

                • MR Findings

                  • Ultrasonographic Findings

                    • Imaging Recommendations

                      DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                        PATHOLOGY

                        • General Features

                          • Staging, Grading, & Classification

                            CLINICAL ISSUES

                            • Presentation

                              • Demographics

                                • Natural History & Prognosis

                                  • Treatment

                                    DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                    • Consider

                                      • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                        Selected References

                                        1. Song DI et al: Deltoid muscle injury scratched by an osteophyte on the greater tuberosity of the humeral head: an unusual cause of shoulder pain. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 23(9):2658-60, 2014
                                        2. Thakkar RS et al: Complications of rotator cuff surgery-the role of post-operative imaging in patient care. Br J Radiol. 87(1039):20130630, 2014
                                        3. Moser T et al: The deltoid, a forgotten muscle of the shoulder. Skeletal Radiol. 42(10):1361-75, 2013
                                        4. Han F et al: Traumatic rupture of the deltoid muscle during a pull-up: a case report. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 21(9):e8-10, 2012
                                        5. Farkash U et al: Rhabdomyolysis of the deltoid muscle in a bodybuilder using anabolic-androgenic steroids: a case report. J Athl Train. 44(1):98-100, 2009
                                        6. Chen HC et al: Deltoid contracture: a case with multiple muscle contractures. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 128(11):1239-43, 2008
                                        7. Chiba D et al: Traumatic deltoid rupture caused by seatbelt during a traffic accident: a case report. J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 16(1):127-9, 2008
                                        8. Gumina S et al: Deltoid detachment consequent to open surgical repair of massive rotator cuff tears. Int Orthop. 32(1):81-4, 2008
                                        9. Ashry R et al: Muscle atrophy as a consequence of rotator cuff tears: should we compare the muscles of the rotator cuff with those of the deltoid? Skeletal Radiol. 36(9):841-5, 2007
                                        10. Ilaslan H et al: Deltoid muscle and tendon tears in patients with chronic rotator cuff tears. Skeletal Radiol. 36(6):503-7, 2007
                                        11. Bianchi S et al: Imaging findings of spontaneous detachment of the deltoid muscle as a complication of massive rotator cuff tear. Skeletal Radiol. 35(6):410-5, 2006
                                        12. Huang CC et al: Contracture of the deltoid muscle: sonographic evaluation with MRI correlation. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 185(2):364-70, 2005
                                        13. Allen AA et al: Partial detachment of the deltoid muscle. A case report. Am J Sports Med. 30(1):133-4, 2002
                                        14. Chen CK et al: Contracture of the deltoid muscle: imaging findings in 17 patients. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 170(2):449-53, 1998
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                                        KEY FACTS

                                        • Terminology

                                          • Imaging

                                            • Top Differential Diagnoses

                                              • Pathology

                                                • Clinical Issues

                                                  TERMINOLOGY

                                                  • Synonyms

                                                    • Deltoid muscle tear, dehiscence, detachment
                                                  • Definitions

                                                    • Postsurgical; associated with massive rotator cuff tear; traumatic deltoid tears

                                                  IMAGING

                                                  • General Features

                                                    • Radiographic Findings

                                                      • MR Findings

                                                        • Ultrasonographic Findings

                                                          • Imaging Recommendations

                                                            DIFFERENTIAL DIAGNOSIS

                                                              PATHOLOGY

                                                              • General Features

                                                                • Staging, Grading, & Classification

                                                                  CLINICAL ISSUES

                                                                  • Presentation

                                                                    • Demographics

                                                                      • Natural History & Prognosis

                                                                        • Treatment

                                                                          DIAGNOSTIC CHECKLIST

                                                                          • Consider

                                                                            • Image Interpretation Pearls

                                                                              Selected References

                                                                              1. Song DI et al: Deltoid muscle injury scratched by an osteophyte on the greater tuberosity of the humeral head: an unusual cause of shoulder pain. Knee Surg Sports Traumatol Arthrosc. 23(9):2658-60, 2014
                                                                              2. Thakkar RS et al: Complications of rotator cuff surgery-the role of post-operative imaging in patient care. Br J Radiol. 87(1039):20130630, 2014
                                                                              3. Moser T et al: The deltoid, a forgotten muscle of the shoulder. Skeletal Radiol. 42(10):1361-75, 2013
                                                                              4. Han F et al: Traumatic rupture of the deltoid muscle during a pull-up: a case report. J Shoulder Elbow Surg. 21(9):e8-10, 2012
                                                                              5. Farkash U et al: Rhabdomyolysis of the deltoid muscle in a bodybuilder using anabolic-androgenic steroids: a case report. J Athl Train. 44(1):98-100, 2009
                                                                              6. Chen HC et al: Deltoid contracture: a case with multiple muscle contractures. Arch Orthop Trauma Surg. 128(11):1239-43, 2008
                                                                              7. Chiba D et al: Traumatic deltoid rupture caused by seatbelt during a traffic accident: a case report. J Orthop Surg (Hong Kong). 16(1):127-9, 2008
                                                                              8. Gumina S et al: Deltoid detachment consequent to open surgical repair of massive rotator cuff tears. Int Orthop. 32(1):81-4, 2008
                                                                              9. Ashry R et al: Muscle atrophy as a consequence of rotator cuff tears: should we compare the muscles of the rotator cuff with those of the deltoid? Skeletal Radiol. 36(9):841-5, 2007
                                                                              10. Ilaslan H et al: Deltoid muscle and tendon tears in patients with chronic rotator cuff tears. Skeletal Radiol. 36(6):503-7, 2007
                                                                              11. Bianchi S et al: Imaging findings of spontaneous detachment of the deltoid muscle as a complication of massive rotator cuff tear. Skeletal Radiol. 35(6):410-5, 2006
                                                                              12. Huang CC et al: Contracture of the deltoid muscle: sonographic evaluation with MRI correlation. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 185(2):364-70, 2005
                                                                              13. Allen AA et al: Partial detachment of the deltoid muscle. A case report. Am J Sports Med. 30(1):133-4, 2002
                                                                              14. Chen CK et al: Contracture of the deltoid muscle: imaging findings in 17 patients. AJR Am J Roentgenol. 170(2):449-53, 1998