Inflammatory arthritis

Case contributed by Dr Chris O'Donnell


4-year history of severe bilateral upper limb joint pain.

Patient Data

Age: 20 years
Gender: Male

Large joint effusion containing "rice" bodies indicative of synovitis. Subtle bone erosion involving the bicipital groove, greater tuberosity and humeral head with bone marrow edema Thinning of articular cartilage.

Left shoulder shows similar features to the right. 

Sterno-clavicular joints also inflamed especially on the left. 

Case Discussion

Typical features of a generalized inflammatory arthritis such as rheumatoid with joint effusion containing rice bodies as well as subtle bone erosion. 

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Case information

rID: 16569
Published: 29th Jan 2012
Last edited: 13th Aug 2019
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