Dr Henry Knipe and A.Prof Frank Gaillard et al.

Although frequently used as a synonym for calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPD), chondrocalcinosis simply means visible calcification of both hyaline cartilage and fibrocartilage.

It has a reported prevalence of 5-15% 2 and is thought to increase with age.

Occurs due deposition of calcium crystals which can consist of 2:

  • calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate: most common
  • dicalcium phosphate dihydrate
  • calcium hydroxyapatite

Calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate deposition disease (CPPD) is a very common cause of chondrocalcinosis. However, there are many more, including:

See Chondrocalcinosis (mnemonic) article for three useful mnemonics.

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Article information

rID: 1119
Section: Gamuts
Synonyms or Alternate Spellings:
  • Cartilage calcification
  • Calcification of cartilage
  • Mensical calcifcation

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