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CASE REPORT
Year : 2016  |  Volume : 15  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 206-208

Failed radiation synovectomy in diseased knee joint with missed tuberculous synovitis


1 Department of Nuclear Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, India
2 Department of Internal Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, India
3 Department of Orthopedics, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, India
4 Department of Histopathology, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh, Punjab and Haryana, India

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Bhagwant Rai Mittal
Department of Nuclear Medicine, Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh - 160 012, Punjab and Haryana
India
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DOI: 10.4103/1450-1147.167606

PMID: 27651744

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The authors in this case report highlight the poor outcome of radiation synovectomy (RSV) for repeated knee joint effusion in a patient with histopathologically proven nonspecific arthritis. There was partial response initially following RSV but later follow-up showed recurrence in joint effusion with limited and painful mobility of the knee joint. Subsequent surgical synovectomy and histopathological examination showed it to be tubercular in origin. Thus in a country endemic for tuberculosis, an alternative infective etiology should also be kept in mind before subjecting the patient to RSV.


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