Intra-synovial loose bodies ultrasound-guided removal

  • Leonardo Callegari ASST Sette Laghi, Radiologia B Ospedale di Circolo, Radiologia del Ponte, Radiologia Cuasso, Radiologia del Verbano Varese (VA), Mammografia aziendale, Italy.
  • Marco Calvi | Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Varese (VA), Italy.
  • Maria Chiara Morgano Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Varese (VA), Italy.
  • Christian Ossola Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Varese (VA), Italy.
  • Eugenio Annibale Genovese Università degli Studi dell’Insubria, Varese (VA), Italy.


Intra-articular loose bodies can be a non-obvious cause of chronic joint pain. Patients often undergo many conventional treatments, such as nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID), physiotherapy, TECAR-therapy, laser-therapy or infiltration therapy, often achieving little or no benefits. In our experience, in such cases, when an intra-articular or intrabursal loose body is detected, it is likely to be the actual source of pain. The aim of our study is to propose a new US-guided technique to remove intra-articular loose bodies, which is mini-invasive, costeffective and can be used to eliminate the source of pain with little or no discomfort for the patient.



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Loose bodies, US-guided removal, interventional radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, osteochondromatosis.
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Callegari, L., Calvi, M., Morgano, M. C., Ossola, C., & Genovese, E. A. (2020). Intra-synovial loose bodies ultrasound-guided removal. Beyond Rheumatology, 2(1), 31-34.