Efficacy of Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Needle Treatment of Calcific Tendinitis
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OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to conduct a systematic review of the efficacy of ultrasound-guided needle lavage in treating calcific tendinitis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Two independent assessors searched medical databases and screened studies for eligibility. RESULTS: Eleven articles were included. Heterogeneity among included studies precluded meta-analysis. Results of randomized controlled trials suggested no difference in pain relief between needle lavage and other interventions, but the studies were of low quality. CONCLUSION: Additional high-quality evidence is required to determine the relative efficacy of ultrasound-guided needle lavage in the management of calcific tendinitis of the rotator cuff.
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