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Acute painful calcific tendonitis of the shoulder
  1. Raju Vaishya,
  2. Abhishek Vaish,
  3. Aabid Husain Ansari
  1. Orthopaedics, Institutes of Orthopaedics, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals, New Delhi, Delhi, India
  1. Correspondence to Professor Raju Vaishya, Orthopaedics, Indraprastha Apollo Hospitals Institutes of Orthopaedics, New Delhi 110076, India; raju.vaishya{at}

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A 39-year-old woman with diabetes presented with a history of disabling pain in the right shoulder for 5 days. She had pain and stiffness for last 8 months, which did not respond to physiotherapy and NSAIDs. The shoulder movements were significantly restricted and painful. A radiograph revealed a large radio-opaque shadow under the acromion process (figure 1A), suggestive of calcific tendonitis. It was confirmed with MRI (figure 1B). Arthroscopic decompression of the calcific deposit (‘chalky paste’ like) was done (figure 2A–E). It gave instantaneous and …

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  • Contributors All authors were engaged in the treatment of the patient and have contributed to the concept, literature search and writing of this manuscript.

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