, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 19-24
Date: 19 Jun 2012

Double-needle ultrasound-guided percutaneous treatment of rotator cuff calcific tendinitis: tips & tricks

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Abstract

Rotator cuff calcific tendinitis is a very common disease and may result in a very painful shoulder. Aetiology of this disease is still poorly understood. When symptoms are mild, this disease may be treated conservatively. Several treatment options have been proposed. Among them, ultrasound-guided procedures have been recently described. All procedures use one or two needles to inject a fluid, to dissolve calcium and to aspirate it. In the present article, we review some tips and tricks that may be useful to improve performance of an ultrasound-guided double-needle procedure.