Plant thorn synovitis

J Rheumatol. Jul-Aug 1980;7(4):567-9.


A boy with an inflammatory monoarthritis due to penetration of the joint by palm thorn is presented. The clinical presentation was that of an acute synovitis of 2 months' duration, that improved quickly after arthroscopy for biopsy, and articular washout. Microscopic examination of the biopsy showed a granulomatous synovitis with vegetable tissue identified as a palm thorn.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Child
  • Foreign Bodies / complications*
  • Humans
  • Knee Injuries
  • Male
  • Plants
  • Synovial Membrane / pathology
  • Synovitis / etiology*
  • Synovitis / pathology