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Case Reports in Orthopedics
Volume 2015, Article ID 962931, 3 pages
Case Report

A Bizarre, Unexplained, and Progressive External Rotation of the Shoulder as a Presentation of a Metastatic Deposit in the Rotator Cuff

1Department of Orthopaedics, Princess Alexandra Hospital, Hamstel Road, Harlow, Essex CM20 1QX, UK
2Department of Orthopaedics, Colchester Hospital, Turner Road, Colchester CO4 5JL, UK

Received 16 June 2015; Accepted 27 September 2015

Academic Editor: Kiyohisa Ogawa

Copyright © 2015 Sherif El-Tawil et al. This is an open access article distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.


We describe the first reported case of a tumour deposit within the rotator cuff presenting as a bizarre, progressive, and fixed external rotation deformity of the shoulder. It is also the first reported case to our knowledge of an oesophageal primary metastasising to the rotator cuff.