Fibrous replacement of the deltoid muscle. A remediable cause of abduction contracture of the shoulder in scleroderma

P. C. Weber, W. Capello, K. D. Brandt

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A 32 yr old male with progressive systemic sclerosis developed shoulder abduction contractures secondary to fibrous replacement of the central portions of his deltoid muscles. Surgical release of the fibrous bands resulted in prompt restoration of nearly full shoulder motion. One month later, however, a similar band developed in the triceps muscle. Although the association in this case may have been coincidental, the nearly simultaneous onset of muscle fibrosis and cutaneous manifestations of progressive systemic sclerosis suggests a causal relationship.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)164-169
Number of pages6
JournalClinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
VolumeNO. 127
StatePublished - Dec 1 1977


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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