Supraspinatus calcific tendinitis

Case contributed by Dr Bruno Di Muzio


Retired school teacher, chronic shoulder and right upper limb pain.

Patient Data

Age: 57
Gender: Female

CT Right shoulder

Homogeneous hyperattenuation with amorphous morphology on supraspinatus tendon. 

Case Discussion

Calcific tendonitis (also know as Calcifying Tendinitis of the Shoulder) refers to a build-up of calcium in the rotator cuff (calcific deposit). When calcium builds up in the tendon, it can cause a build up of pressure in the tendon, as well causing a chemical irritation. This leads to pain.

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Case information

rID: 17102
Case created: 16th Mar 2012
Last edited: 6th Sep 2015
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