Scapular notching is a complication of reverse total shoulder arthroplasty (rTSA) that results in bone loss on the lateral border of the scapula. Notching has been reported in up to 86% of patients at 5 year follow-up [1], and is graded 1–4 as a function of progressive bone loss [2]. Notching may arise from impingement, erosion, periprosthetic osteolysis, stress shielding or a combination of these [1]. Glenosphere position can mitigate notching by limiting hardware impingement [3–5], but may increase the forces required to abduct the arm [6]. Clinicians might optimize patient range of motion and function via implant placement if susceptibility to notching was known a-priori.

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