Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 34, Issue 11, pp 707–713

Primary synovial osteochondromatosis presenting as constrictive capsulitis

  • S. H. Butt
  • T. Muthukumar
  • V. N. Cassar-Pullicino
  • D. C. Mangham
Scientific Article


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).


Synovial chondromatosis CT MRI Arthrography 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • S. H. Butt
    • 1
  • T. Muthukumar
    • 1
  • V. N. Cassar-Pullicino
    • 1
  • D. C. Mangham
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyThe Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic HospitalOswestryUK
  2. 2.Department of PathologyThe Robert Jones and Agnes Hunt Orthopaedic HospitalOswestryUK

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