Lessons learnt from the painful shoulder; a case series of malignant shoulder girdle tumours misdiagnosed as frozen shoulder

  • Quan G
  • Carr D
  • Schlicht S
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Adhesive capsulitis or frozen shoulder is a common condition characterized by shoulder pain and stiffness. In patients in whom conservative measures have failed, more invasive interventions such as arthrographic or arthroscopic distension can be very effective in relieving symptoms and improving range of movement. However, absolute contraindications to these procedures include the presence of neoplasia around the shoulder girdle. We present five cases referred to our institution where the diagnosis of shoulder joint malignancy was delayed, following prolonged, ineffective treatment for frozen shoulder. These cases highlight the importance of careful review of the radiology and the need for reconsideration of the diagnosis in refractory "frozen shoulder".

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  • Adhesive capsulitis
  • Distension
  • Frozen shoulder
  • Hydrodilatation
  • Tumour

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  • Gerald M Y Quan

  • Derek Carr

  • Steven Schlicht

  • Gerard Powell

  • Peter F M Choong

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