Chondrocalcinosis in elderly persons

Authors

  • Michael H. Ellman MD,

    Corresponding author
    1. Attending Physician, Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, and Assistant Professor of Medicine, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
    2. Department of Medicine and the Department of Radiology, Michael Reese Medical Center, 2929 So. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60616.
    • Department of Medicine, Michael Reese Medical Center
    Search for more papers by this author
  • Bertram Levin MD

    1. Chief of Radiology, Michael Reese Hospital and Medical Center, and Professor of Radiology, University of Chicago, Pritzker School of Medicine
    2. Department of Medicine and the Department of Radiology, Michael Reese Medical Center, 2929 So. Ellis Avenue, Chicago, Illinois 60616.
    Search for more papers by this author

Abstract

Fifty-eight elderly people were surveyed for chondrocalcinosis with knee, hip and pelvic roent-genograms using Type M industrial x-ray film. Chondrocalcinosis was found in 16 subjects (27.6%), an incidence greater than reported in previous studies. Roentgenograms of the knees alone showed the presence of chondrocalcinosis in 15 subjects. Varus deformity of the knees, increased wrist complaints and wrist involvement with clinical arthritis were significantly more common in subjects with chondrocalcinosis. Symptoms associated with acute inflammatory arthritis were not more common in people with chondrocalcinosis.

Ancillary