Clinical utility of musculoskeletal ultrasound in crystal-induced arthritis

Min Chung Shen, Tsung Yun Hou, Feng Cheng Liu, Hsiang Cheng Cen, Shi Jye Chu, San Yuan Kuo, Chen Hung Chen, Chi Ching Chang

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Crystal-induced arthritis (CIA) is one of the common inflammatory arthritis. There are three main types of crystals involved: monosodium urate, calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate and basic calcium phosphate. The diagnosis is sometimes difficulty to do, particularly in atypical clinical manifestation or when small joints are involved. The musculoskeletal ultrasound is an important auxiliary examination and has been considered as a Rheumatologist's stethoscope. Each type of CIA has several unique ultrasonographic features, allowing the clinicians to early diagnosis and treatment. The aim of this paper is to describe the clinical utility of the musculoskeletal ultrasound and ultrasonographic findings in patients with CIA.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)115-121
Number of pages7
JournalJournal of Internal Medicine of Taiwan
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2014

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Internal Medicine


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