Primary synovial osteochondromatosis presenting as constrictive capsulitis
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- Butt, S.H., Muthukumar, T., Cassar-Pullicino, V.N. et al. Skeletal Radiol (2005) 34: 707. doi:10.1007/s00256-005-0946-3
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Primary synovial chondromatosis of the joints can present as capsular constriction with peri-articular osteopenia. This rare presentation is highlighted in three cases (two hips and one shoulder). The diagnosis in all the patients was made on arthrography and/or MRI/CT and was confirmed histologically. Synovial chondromatosis should be considered in patients with this presentation. Arthrography is the best imaging modality to confirm the cause (synovial chondromatosis) and effect (constrictive capsulitis).