Calcific supraspinatus tendinitis

Case contributed by Dr Balint Botz


Painful left shoulder, no history of direct injury, but intensive recreational sport (swimming).

Patient Data

Age: 55
Gender: Male

Calcific deposit in the supraspinatus, close to its humeral insertion. 

Annotated image

Annotated key image showing the pathology. The acromiohumeral interval was within normal limits (9-10 mm) excluding severe thinning of the supraspinatus. 

Case Discussion

Typical presentation of calcifying supraspinatus tendinitis due to chronic strain.

Further evaluation with MRI would have been beneficial but the patient was lost to follow-up.

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Case information

rID: 63521
Published: 7th Oct 2018
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Inclusion in quiz mode: Included
Institution: University of Pécs

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