Erosive arthritis associated with apatite crystal deposition.
Apatite crystals can be associated with erosive arthritis. This report describes 3 such patients, 2 of whom had idiopathic apatite crystal deposition and 1 who had apatite related to renal failure and chronic dialysis. Diagnosis was delayed for several years in 1 patient. Roentgenograms showed calcifications in all patients. Synovial fluid had non-birefringent chunks and globules suggestive of apatite. Diagnosis was established by electron microscopy in all 3 patients with verified by x-ray diffraction in 2.
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Schumacher, H. R., Miller, J. L., Ludivico, C., & Jessar, R. A. (1981). Erosive arthritis associated with apatite crystal deposition. Arthritis and rheumatism, 24(1), 31–37. https://doi.org/10.1002/art.1780240105
Medicine and Health Sciences
Department of Medicine