Chondrocalcinosis

Although frequently used as a synonym for CPPD, chondrocalcinosis is a generic term referring simply to visible calcification of both hyaline cartilage and fibrocartilage.

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

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

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

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

Three useful mnemonics are:

  • WHIP A DOG
  • 3 C's
  • HOGWASH
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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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