Hypertrophic osteoarthropathy

Case contributed by Dr Paul Simkin


History of cystic fibrosis. Presents with chronic bilateral knee pain and clinical joint effusions.

Patient Data

Age: 18 years
Gender: Female

Smooth periosteal reaction is seen affecting the medial aspect of both distal femurs. The bones are osteopaenic for the patient's age, otherwise the study was normal. No joint effusion was radiographically apparent.

Case Discussion

In a patient with chronic lung disease, the findings are in keeping with hypertrophic osteoarthropathy, and would explain the patient's chronic pain.

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Case information

rID: 17989
Published: 30th May 2012
Last edited: 26th Jan 2020
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