Acute calcific periarthritis of the thumb: Correlated sonographic and radiographic findings

Saul N. Friedman, Ryan Margau, Lawrence Friedman

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Abstract

The diagnosis of acute calcific periarthritis is traditionally confirmed from a radiograph demonstrating periarticular calcifications in the affected area. Care must be taken when using ultrasound as the presentation of periarticular calcification is easily mistaken for a cortical avulsion fracture, requiring a radiograph to distinguish between the 2 differential diagnoses. We present the correlated ultrasound and radiographic findings of the hand of a 37-year-old man who was suffering from a dull ache in his thumb followed by acute severe pain 1 week later, and make the diagnosis of acute calcific periarthritis of the first metacarpophalangeal joint.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)205-207
Number of pages3
JournalRadiology Case Reports
Volume13
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Calcific periarthritis
  • Metacarpophalangeal joint
  • Periarticular calcification
  • US
  • Ultrasound

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