Review Article

Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 42, Issue 1, pp 19-24

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

  • Luca Maria SconfienzaAffiliated withServizio di Radiologia, IRCCS Policlinico San Donato Email author 
  • , Sara ViganòAffiliated withScuola di Specializzazione in Radiodiagnostica, Università degli Studi di Milano
  • , Chiara MartiniAffiliated withScuola di Specializzazione in Radiodiagnostica, Università degli Studi di Genova
  • , Alberto AliprandiAffiliated withServizio di Radiologia, IRCCS Policlinico San Donato
  • , Pietro RandelliAffiliated withUnità Operativa di Chirurgia della Spalla, IRCCS Policlinico San DonatoDipartimento di Scienze Biomediche per la Salute, Università degli Studi di Milano
  • , Giovanni SerafiniAffiliated withServizio di Radiologia, Ospedale Santa Corona
  • , Francesco SardanelliAffiliated withServizio di Radiologia, IRCCS Policlinico San DonatoDipartimento di Scienze Biomediche per la Salute, Università degli Studi di Milano

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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.

Keywords

Shoulder Rotator cuff calcific tendinitis Ultrasound-guided procedures