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Triglycerides and total serum cholesterol in rotator cuff tears: do they matter?
  1. Umile Giuseppe Longo
  1. Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Campus Biomedico University, Rome, Italy
    1. Francesco Franceschi
    1. Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Campus Biomedico University, Rome, Italy
      1. Filippo Spiezia
      1. Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Campus Biomedico University, Rome, Italy
        1. Francisco Forriol
        1. Research Unit FREMAP Hospital, Madrid, Spain
          1. Nicola Maffulli (n.maffulli{at}qmul.ac.uk)
          1. Barts and the London School of Medicine and Dentistry, United Kingdom
            1. Vincenzo Denaro
            1. Department of Orthopaedic and Trauma Surgery, Campus Biomedico University, Rome, Italy

              Abstract

              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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