Pseudotumor of temporomandibular joint: destructive calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate arthropathy

J Rheumatol. 1976 Mar;3(1):70-81.


The clinical and pathological features of a tumor of the temporamandibular joint occurring in a 55 year old man, and subsequently identified as a calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) arthropathy, are reported. Crystalline deposits were identified by compensated light microscopy and confirmed with X-ray diffraction, transmission, and scanning electron microscopy. The relationship of this unique case to other clinical presentations of CPPD deposition disease and the implications of the histological features to the pathogenesis of pseudogout are discussed. This case demonstrates that CPPD arthropathy should be included in the differential diagnosis of an arthrosis or of a tumor involving the temporomandibular joint.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis / diagnosis
  • Chondrocalcinosis / diagnosis
  • Chondrocalcinosis / pathology*
  • Chondroma / diagnosis
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Temporomandibular Joint / pathology*