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what does chondrocalcinosis mean in the knee? what does fibrillation of the articular cartilage posteriorly mean?

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Dr. Tandy Freeman
36 years experience Orthopedic Surgery
Arthritic changes: Chondocalcinosis is a condition with deposition of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals in the articular or joint surface cartilage (white stuff on the end of a chicken bone) that leads to arthitic changes. Fibrillation is early arthritic change with fraying of the articular catilage giving the surface the appearance of an unmowed lawninstead of a smooth surface. Posterior is back of joint.
Answered on Aug 6, 2017
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Dr. John Goldman
54 years experience Rheumatology
Calcium in cartilage: The presence of chondrocalcinosis can lead to flaking of these calcium pyrophosphate deposits into the joint and cause pseudogout inflammatory joint attacks. It can damage the cartilage and even lead to cartilage wear and tear wiht cartilage fibrillation and can cause osteoarthritis, .
Answered on Sep 24, 2018

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