Periarticular calcifications

Skeletal Radiol. 2022 Mar;51(3):451-475. doi: 10.1007/s00256-021-03842-4. Epub 2021 Jun 21.


Periarticular calcification and ossification is a frequent finding on imaging and may sometimes pose a diagnostic challenge. The differential diagnoses for this radiological finding are wide and can be classified into broad groups such as idiopathic, developmental, trauma, burns, infection, tumor, connective tissue disease, crystalline, metabolic, vascular, and foreign bodies. With careful consideration of the clinical and imaging findings as well as awareness of mimickers of periarticular mineralization, the list of differential diagnoses can be narrowed down. This article aims to review the clinical-radiologic findings of periarticular calcified or ossified lesions with relevant imaging illustrations.

Keywords: Calcified malignancy; Calcinosis; Ossification; Periarticular mineralization; Synovial sarcoma.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Calcinosis* / diagnostic imaging
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Humans
  • Osteoarthritis*