CPPD arthropathy wrist

Case contributed by Dr Patsy Robertson


2/52 monoarthritis right wrist with dorsal wrist swelling

Patient Data

Age: 67
Gender: Female

Right Wrist: There is a stage III (Watson) SLAC wrist pattern. Advanced change of osteoarthritis are seen at the articulation between the distal radius and scaphoid with a large subchondral cyst in the scaphoid bone. Calcification is seen in the triangular fibrocartilage and over the dorsum of the wrist. Mild changes of osteoarthritis are present at the first CMC joint.

In the absence of a history of trauma from the patient, appearances are typical for a CPPD arthropathy.


Case Discussion

This case shows classic features of a CPPD (calcium pyrophosphate deposition) arthropathy at the wrist with loss of cartilage between the scaphoid and distal radius associated with subchondral sclerosis and large subchondral cysts. In adition there is loss of cartilage with subchiondral sclerosis between the capitate and lunate. The scaphoid lies more proximally and the lunate more distally, disrupting the carpal arcs of Gilula.

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Case information

rID: 29276
Published: 1st Jul 2014
Last edited: 14th Aug 2019
Tag: wrist
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