Archive for the 'Wrist' Category

14 Aug

Is acute calcific tendinitis in the wrist unrecognized and under-reported? (part 5)

The cause for this condition is unclear; however, Carroll et al postulated trauma and repetitive use as risk factors. Three patients in this series had a history of either of these. Local hypoxia has also been proposed as the initiating factor leading to tendon degeneration and calcification by chondrocytes. Gartner and Simons analyzed the deposits […]

13 Aug

Is acute calcific tendinitis in the wrist unrecognized and under-reported? (part 4)

DISCUSSION Cohen in 1924 was the first to describe acute calcification in the hand and since then numerous authors have described sporadic cases in the hand . The largest series is by Yelton and Dickey (1958) who reported on 209 cases in the hand and wrist. In reviewing the literature only two references could be […]

12 Aug

Is acute calcific tendinitis in the wrist unrecognized and under-reported? (part 3)

The initial diagnoses included infection and trauma and were incorrect in all referrals. The time to diagnoses ranged from immediate to one week. All patients had radiographs done which revealed calcification in the wrist at the level of the radiocarpal joint (Figure 1). Three were in the vicinity of the flexor carpi radialis, one in […]

11 Aug

Is acute calcific tendinitis in the wrist unrecognized and under-reported? (part 2)

MATERIALS AND METHODS During an eight-month period, five patients were seen in consultation by the hand surgery service and were subsequently diagnosed as having acute calcific tendinitis in the wrist. A retrospective analysis, using patient records, and follow-up examinations were carried out to identify the patient profile, clinical presentation, referral diagnoses, value of diagnostic tests, […]

10 Aug

Is acute calcific tendinitis in the wrist unrecognized and under-reported? (part 1)

Calcific tendinitis, which is commonly found in the shoulder, is well known to orthopedic and rheumatologic practitioners. There are numerous articles in both groups’ literature reporting cases at unusual sites including the wrist and hand. However, since the first description in 1924 there have been only two articles in the hand or plastic surgery literature. […]

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