The calcifying tendinitis of the supraspinatus is a very frequent pathology in middle-aged women. It consists of calcium deposit(s) inside the tendon, which is usually the supraspinatus. It produces very intense pain, usually nocturnal.
Although there are several theories, in most cases the etiology is unknown.
The diagnostic presumption begins with the clinical history. The diagnosis is confirmed by a simple radiograph or an ultrasound.
Generally the treatment of this pathology is performed by arthroscopy, although in acute pain crisis it may be indicated to perform one or several infiltrations with anti-inflammatory medication.
It consists in locating the calcification and cleaning the calcium deposits. Sometimes the deposit of calcium is very large and it is necessary to suture the tendon once the cleaning is completed.
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