Since Codman's1 original description of subdeltoid bursitis in 1906, many articles on this subject have appeared in the literature. All aspects of the condition and numerous methods of treatment have been repeatedly presented.
A number of investigators have shown that irradiation is the treatment of choice in certain types of cases. However, these reports have appeared chiefly in the radiologic literature, with comparatively few2 in general publications. Therefore we wish to verify and draw attention to the merits of roentgen treatment of the painful shoulder.
A great many articles are available3 presenting detailed reviews of the etiology, pathology, symptomatology and the like, so that only brief mention of these need be made here. The condition has been designated by a variety of names: subdeltoid bursitis, calcareaperitendinitis, periarthritis of the shoulder, calcifications of the supraspinatus tendon or simply painful shoulder. By common usage it is most often called
BREWER AA, ZINK OC. RADIATION THERAPY OF ACUTE SUBDELTOID BURSITIS. JAMA. 1943;122(12):800–801. doi:10.1001/jama.1943.02840290020006
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