Objective: To determine the serum triglycerides and total serum cholesterol levels in patients with rotator cuff tear.
Design: Frequency-matched case-control study.
Setting: University Teaching Hospital.
Participants: The study included 240 subjects who were operated at our institution. Group 1 included 120 patients (45 men and 75 women; mean age: 64.86 years, range 40 to 83) who underwent arthroscopic repair of a rotator cuff tear. Group 2 (control group) included 120 patients (45 men and 75 women; mean age: 63.91 years, range 38 to 78) who underwent arthroscopic meniscectomy for a meniscal tear, and had no evidence of shoulder pathology. These patients were frequency-matched by age (within 3 years) and gender with patients of Group 1.
Main outcome measure: Measurement of serum triglyceride and total cholesterol concentrations.
Results: When comparing the two groups, there was no difference either in serum triglyceride concentration or total serum cholesterol concentration.
Conclusions: There appears to not be an association between serum triglyceride concentration and total serum cholesterol concentration and rotator cuff tears.
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