21/03/2021 at 2:29 am #12183
21/03/2021 at 5:26 pm #12197Stephen BirdKeymaster
It is an unusual appearance,
Has there been trauma recently or in the past?
The calcium is very dense, so if it is calcific tendinosis it is old and chronic,
It is unusual to get an enthesophyte in this location that is as large as this,
If there has been trauma it may well be an old minimally displaced greater tuberosity fracture that has resulted in some bone remodelling.
There is a bit of a step in the greater tuberosity at the junction between the enthesis and the cartilage which is a good location for a fracture.
This patient needs a plain radiograph of the shoulder and then we can work it out.
Whenever you have an unusual bony appearance or dense calcium appearance a plain x-ray is essential to ensure there is not a fracture of something more sinister.
Load up the plain x-ray and I should be able to give you a nice answer.
It is a case of ultrasound needing the plain radiograph to assist in the correct diagnosis being reached.
22/03/2021 at 7:33 am #12213
22/03/2021 at 7:37 am #12216
Re trauma, as I recall he didn’t report one and certainly not recently. His presentation is chronic (6 months or so now) and he is clinically not too bad as shoulders go ROM and strength wise on this side.
22/03/2021 at 6:47 pm #12240
I can’t see any abnormality on the radiographs?
24/03/2021 at 1:03 pm #12291Stephen BirdKeymaster
The radiographs are not great projections,
The radiographer needs to use a bit of down tilt to get through the sub-acromiale space and there needs to be some external rotation of the patient to get through the glenohumeral joint better.
Do you have any other views like an SI or a lateral scapula?
I think I can see the calcium density on the internal rotation view superimposed on the humeral head.
For me there still has to be a significant abnormality despite the radiographs not helping much.
On the ultrasound there is clearly some remodelling of the greater tuberosity following past trauma or an enthesophyte which would be uncommon in this location.
It might warrant some cross sectional imaging as the ultrasound shows a clear abnormality and we have not got to the bottom of it.
I will await further follow up!
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