Interobserver reliability of acromial morphology classification: An anatomic study

Joseph D. Zuckerman, Frederick J. Kummer, Francis Cuomo, Michael Greller

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One hundred ten acromial anatomic specimens were classified by three shoulder surgeons with the classification system described by Bigliani et al. to determine the interobserver reliability. These results demonstrated a fair to poor level of interobserver reliability. Given this relatively low level of agreement, the diagnosis of impingement and rotator cuff tears should be based on clinical findings supplemented, when indicated, by rotatory cuff imaging with less diagnostic reliance placed on the assessment of acromial morphology.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)286-287
Number of pages2
JournalJournal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 1997
Externally publishedYes


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Surgery
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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