Chondrocalcinosis in surgically resected joints

Authors

  • Leon Sokoloff MD,

    Professor of Pathology, Corresponding author
    1. Departments of Pathology and Community and Preventive Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook
    • Department of Pathology, State University of New York at Stony Brook, 9T183 BHS, Stony Brook, NY 11794-8691
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  • Andre A. Varma MD

    Professor and Chairman
    1. Departments of Pathology and Community and Preventive Medicine, State University of New York at Stony Brook
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Abstract

To investigate the association between chondrocalcinosis (CC) and osteoarthritis (OA), 338 joint specimens were examined histologically (55 knees and 84 hips surgically resected because of idiopathic OA, 106 control knees obtained postmortem, and 93 fractured hips). The risk for CC in the OA knees was sixfold that of the age-and sex-adjusted control sections. CC occurred much less frequently in the hip than in the knee; the association with OA was less clear-cut. It was not possible to resolve by statistical analysis which of the two pathological processes was the horse and which was the cart.

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