Aromatase Inhibitor-Associated Distal Radioulnar Joint Instability and Tear of the Extensor Digiti Minimi: A Case Report.


Far West


MountainView Hospital

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Case Report

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aromatase inhibitors, rehabilitation, tendon tear


Medicine and Health Sciences | Rehabilitation and Therapy


The addition of aromatase inhibitors (AI) has improved cancer-related outcomes in post-menopausal patients with estrogen receptor-positive breast cancer. However, AI can be associated with a constellation of adverse musculoskeletal effects that comprises bone loss, arthralgia, myalgia, and tendinopathy. This medication complication, known as aromatase inhibitor-associated musculoskeletal syndrome (AIMSS), can limit treatment tolerability in many patients due to the high prevalence of AIMSS among those on AI. The hand and wrist are the most affected joints in AIMSS, with patients presenting with symmetric arthralgia, stiffness, and tendinopathy. Radioulnar joint subluxation with extensor tendon tear has not been previously reported in patients with AIMSS. This is a case report of a 72-year-old breast cancer survivor on an AI presenting with chronic dominant wrist pain, weakness, and 5th digit finger drop. An extensor digitorum minimi tendon tear and radioulnar instability were identified using diagnostic musculoskeletal ultrasonography. This case illustrates the utility of in-office ultrasonography combined with dynamic examination for the often underrecognized pathology associated with AIMSS in breast cancer survivors.

Publisher or Conference

American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation