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Codman's sign

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A sign seen in the absence of rotator cuff function or when there is a rupture of the supraspinatus tendon: the arm can be passively abducted without pain, but when support of the arm is removed and the deltoid contracts suddenly, the pain produced causes the patient to hunch the shoulder and lower the arm.


  • E. A. Codman:
    The Shoulder: Rupture of the Supraspinatus Tendon and Other Lesions in or about the Subacromial Bursa.
    Boston : Privately printed, 1934. Reprint, Malabar, Florida : Krieger, 1965.

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