Arthroscopy of the Elbow for Synovial Chondromatosis


ABSTRACT: Two cases of arthroscopic removal of multiple loose bodies are presented.  Successful results were achieved, and patients had 4-year follow-up. Both cases involved  classic manifestations of synovial chondromatosis. Associated degenerative changes were  present in one case; histologic examination could not confirm synovial origin of the disease.  Arthroscopy for removal of symptomatic loose bodies is an excellent choice as exemplified by  these two cases. Care should be taken to review histologic findings, which may help in  understanding the natural history of this type of process.

SKU: JSOA-2000-9-2-SP5 Categories: ,

J. W. Thomas Byrd, MD