Acute calcific periarthritis of the hand and elbows in women. A study and review of the literature

G. Yosipovitch, Z. Yosipovitch

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Abstract

Objective. To study the clinical and radiological features of acute calcific periarthritis (ACP) of the hand and elbow in women and to review the literature. Methods. A retrospective study of ACP of the hand and elbow was conducted in 10 women, and the literature since 1970 reviewed, using Medline data. Results. Ten women fulfilled the criteria of a single focus ACP. Mean age was 36.5 years (range 25-53). X-ray diffraction in 3 patients who underwent aspiration biopsy showed a pattern of calcium hydroxyapatite. The clinical course was short and self-limited. Most cases mimicked septic conditions and were initially misdiagnosed. All patients demonstrated gradual resolution of calcific deposits after 1-3 weeks. Conclusions. We conclude that calcific tendinitis of the hand and elbow is a self-limiting disease affecting mainly pre or perimenopausal women.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1533-1538
Number of pages6
JournalJournal of Rheumatology
Volume20
Issue number9
StatePublished - Dec 1 1993
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • CALCIFIC PERIARTHRITIS OF THE HAND
  • HYDROXYAPATITE CRYSTALS
  • PRE OR PERIMENOPAUSAL WOMEN

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology and Allergy
  • Immunology

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