Ultrasound-Guided Percutaneous Irrigation of Calcific Tendinopathy

Carmelo Messina, Luca Maria Sconfienza

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Rotator cuff calcific tendinopathy (RCCT) is a common disease that may cause highly disabling shoulder pain. No treatment is required for asymptomatic calcifications; mild symptoms may be treated conservatively. Among several therapeutic options, ultrasound-guided percutaneous irrigation of calcific tendinopathy (US-PICT) is currently accepted as the first-line safe and effective treatment for RCCT, with significant pain improvement and a very low rate of minor complications. Different approaches have been reported to dissolve calcified deposits, all including the use of a fluid (local anesthetic or saline solution) and the use of one or two needles to inject and retrieve the fluid/dissolved calcium. This review describes both one-needle and two-needle US-PICT techniques, providing technical and practical information that can improve daily clinical practice.

Original languageEnglish
Article number00917
Pages (from-to)409-413
Number of pages5
JournalSeminars in Musculoskeletal Radiology
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - Nov 1 2016


  • calcific tendinopathy
  • rotator cuff
  • shoulder
  • ultrasound-guided percutaneous irrigation
  • ultrasound-guided procedures

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)
  • Orthopedics and Sports Medicine
  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging


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