Calcific tendinitis

Case contributed by Dr Andrew Lawson

Presentation

Shoulder pain

Patient Data

Age: 60 years
Gender: Female
X-ray

Curvilinear, oblong-shaped calcific density within the subacromial space at the level of the infraspinatus tendon. A second separate density located more distally, lies within the infraspinatus tendon. No degenerative change at the level of the a.c. joint or glenohumeral joint.

Comment : These findings are consistent with calcium hydroxyapatite deposition in the infraspinatus footplate and sub-acromial bursa.

Case Discussion

Calcific tendinitis is a self limiting condition due to deposition of calcium hydroxyapatite within tendons, usually of the rotator cuff.
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Case information

rID: 25858
Case created: 12th Nov 2013
Last edited: 12th Dec 2015
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