Calcific tendinitis of supraspinatus tendon

Case contributed by Dr Salem Bauones


Shoulder pain.

Patient Data

Age: 75
Gender: Female

Shoulder X-rays show multiple globular, dense, and homogenous calcific deposits that are projected over the supraspinatous tendon.

Sagittal US image of the rotator cuff of the shoulder demonstrate intratendinous multiple oval hyperechoic foci representing calcific deposits of the supraspinatous tendon which appears thickened and hypoechoic.

Case Discussion

Findings are compatible with calcific tendinitis of supraspinatous tendon.

Radiological classification of calcifying tendinitis (Gartner & Heyer):

  • Type 1: clearly circumscirbed and dense, formative.
  • Type 2: clearly circumscribed, translucent, cloudy and dense.
  • Type 3: cloudy and translucent, resorptive.
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Case information

rID: 25245
Published: 14th Oct 2013
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
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