The echo-guided treatment of calcific tendinitis of the shoulder.

S. Galletti, M. Magnani, R. Rotini, G. Mignani, D. Affinito, P. Pelotti, M. Battaglia, G. Rollo

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The authors report the results of percutaneous mini-invasive treatment of chronic calcific tendinitis of the rotator cuffs. A total of 39 patients have been treated by echo-guided injection under local anaesthesia since June 2000 with a follow-up of about 2 years. Considerable reduction in symptoms was obtained in 34 patients within a few days of treatment; improvement was moderate in 5 cases, there were no complications in any of the cases. Complete regression of calcification was observed in 21 patients, there was a more than 60% reduction in calcific deposits in 11 patients, there was little reduction in 5, and the calcification remained unchanged in 2. The method, based on our experience, proved to be simple to execute, low-cost and easily repeatable, offering good results from a symptomatological point of view as well. It is the purpose of this study to determine and maximize mini-invasive treatment that will allow for the elimination or reduction of calcifications by means of percutaneous and echo-guided access.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)319-323
Number of pages5
JournalLa Chirurgia degli organi di movimento
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 2004


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