Tumoral calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease

Skeletal Radiol. 1989;18(2):79-87. doi: 10.1007/BF00350651.


A report of two patients in which a soft tissue mass, initially regarded as a malignant tumor, was shown to be the result of calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease. The first case, a woman aged 71 years, presented with a mass involving the right fifth finger. In the second case, also a woman aged 71 years, the lesion involved the tissues adjacent to the right hip. Each lesion consisted of a mass of highly cellular tissue containing deposits of calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate crystals. The clinical, radiological, and pathological features of the two cases are compared with those of seven similar cases reported in the literature.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Aged
  • Bone Neoplasms / diagnosis
  • Calcium Pyrophosphate / metabolism*
  • Chondrocalcinosis* / diagnostic imaging
  • Chondrocalcinosis* / pathology
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Diphosphates / metabolism*
  • Electron Probe Microanalysis
  • Female
  • Fingers
  • Hip
  • Humans
  • Microscopy, Electron, Scanning
  • Radiography
  • X-Ray Diffraction


  • Diphosphates
  • Calcium Pyrophosphate