Rice-body formation in atypical mycobacterial tenosynovitis and bursitis: findings on sonography and MR imaging

AJR Am J Roentgenol. 2003 May;180(5):1455-9. doi: 10.2214/ajr.180.5.1801455.


Objective: This article describes rice bodies found in patients with atypical mycobacterial tenosynovitis and bursitis, emphasizing the sonographic and MR imaging appearances of these small bodies.

Conclusion: Rice bodies occur in patients with atypical mycobacterial tenosynovitis and bursitis. When small, rice bodies are better visualized on MR imaging than on sonography, allowing the radiologist to consider appropriate diagnoses.

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bursitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Bursitis / microbiology
  • Bursitis / pathology*
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Magnetic Resonance Imaging*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous / diagnostic imaging*
  • Mycobacterium Infections, Nontuberculous / pathology*
  • Tenosynovitis / diagnostic imaging*
  • Tenosynovitis / microbiology
  • Tenosynovitis / pathology*
  • Ultrasonography