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An Unusual Case of Acute Chondrocalcinosis in Wrist Joint Presenting as Cellulitis



Abstract

Chondrocalcinosis is a common arthritic disorder among elderly patients. We present a case of a 71-year-old woman presenting with an acute episode of the left forearm with hand swelling. A provisional diagnosis of cellulitis was made and the patient was started on intravenous antibiotics. The patient’s condition did not improve. Joint aspiration of the wrist joint was done and showed positive birefringent rhomboid-shaped crystals. A final diagnosis of acute chondrocalcinosis was made.



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An Unusual Case of Acute Chondrocalcinosis in Wrist Joint Presenting as Cellulitis


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Razia Awan

Geriatric Care, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Haider Ghazanfar Corresponding Author

Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Karen A. Martes Pena

Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Rafi I. Farkhad

Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center


Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.


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  • Author Information
    Razia Awan

    Geriatric Care, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

    Haider Ghazanfar Corresponding Author

    Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

    Karen A. Martes Pena

    Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

    Rafi I. Farkhad

    Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center


    Ethics Statement and Conflict of Interest Disclosures

    Human subjects: Consent was obtained by all participants in this study. Conflicts of interest: In compliance with the ICMJE uniform disclosure form, all authors declare the following: Payment/services info: All authors have declared that no financial support was received from any organization for the submitted work. Financial relationships: All authors have declared that they have no financial relationships at present or within the previous three years with any organizations that might have an interest in the submitted work. Other relationships: All authors have declared that there are no other relationships or activities that could appear to have influenced the submitted work.

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    Article Information

    Published: December 06, 2017

    DOI

    10.7759/cureus.1916

    Cite this article as:

    Awan R, Ghazanfar H, Martes pena K A, et al. (December 06, 2017) An Unusual Case of Acute Chondrocalcinosis in Wrist Joint Presenting as Cellulitis. Cureus 9(12): e1916. doi:10.7759/cureus.1916

    Publication history

    Received by Cureus: October 27, 2017
    Peer review began: December 02, 2017
    Peer review concluded: December 03, 2017
    Published: December 06, 2017

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    Awan et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License CC-BY 3.0., which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.

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Abstract

Chondrocalcinosis is a common arthritic disorder among elderly patients. We present a case of a 71-year-old woman presenting with an acute episode of the left forearm with hand swelling. A provisional diagnosis of cellulitis was made and the patient was started on intravenous antibiotics. The patient’s condition did not improve. Joint aspiration of the wrist joint was done and showed positive birefringent rhomboid-shaped crystals. A final diagnosis of acute chondrocalcinosis was made.



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Razia Awan

Geriatric Care, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Haider Ghazanfar

Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

For correspondence:
haidergh@gmail.com

Karen A. Martes Pena, Medical Student

Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Rafi I. Farkhad

Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Razia Awan

Geriatric Care, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Haider Ghazanfar

Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

For correspondence:
haidergh@gmail.com

Karen A. Martes Pena, Medical Student

Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center

Rafi I. Farkhad

Internal Medicine, Newark Beth Israel Medical Center