Mustafa Odluyurt1, Özlem Orhan2, Erdem Aras Sezgin3, Ulunay Kanatlı4

1Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Zonguldak Çaycuma State Hospital, Zonguldak, Turkey
2Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Harran University Faculty of Medicine, Şanlıurfa, Turkey
3Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Aksaray University Faculty of Medicine, Aksaray, Turkey
4Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Gazi University Faculty of Medicine, Ankara, Turkey

Keywords: Ankle, arthroscopy, shoulder, synovectomy, synovial chondromatosis.


Synovial chondromatosis (SC) rarely occurs in the shoulder and ankle joints. An intervention is necessary, as irreversible cartilage injury or transformation to chondrosarcoma may occur. Offering advantages such as faster recovery and lower rates of complication, arthroscopic techniques can be considered instead of open surgery. Herein, we describe three cases of SC, one in shoulder and two in ankle joints. Patients were young adult males and all underwent arthroscopic excision and two had synovectomy. At 18 months of follow-up there was no recurrence and no malignancy and symptoms were alleviated in all patients. In conclusion, arthroscopic removal of all loose bodies and synovectomy in primary SC can be regarded as a safe and effective treatment with low morbidity, rapid recovery, and good outcomes. Histological confirmation of the diagnosis is necessary as malignant transformation is possible.

Citation: Odluyurt M, Orhan Ö, Sezgin EA, Kanatlı U. Synovial chondromatosis in unusual locations treated with arthroscopy: A report of three cases. Jt Dis Relat Surg Case Rep 2022;1(2):63-66.

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