Sternocostoclavicular Hyperostosis: An Ill-Recognized Disease
AbstractSternocostoclavicular hyperostosis (SCCH) is an ill-recognized, rarely diagnosed disease. Today, SCCH is widely considered part of the synovitis, acne, pustulosis, hyperostosis and osteitis (SAPHO) syndrome. SCCH develops over years with intermittent attacks of pain, swelling, and reddening of the sternocostoclavicular region. The disease causes progressive hyperostosis, fusion of the sternocostoclavicular joints, and soft tissue ossification. SCCH is chronic, non-malignant, and occurs predominantly bilaterally in middle-aged women. The incidence of the disease is unknown. We present a case of isolated SCCH, where chest radiographs showed a clear development of bilateral disease over the course of more than a decade. Whole-body bone scintigraphy was performed and was suggestive of SCCH. The diagnosis was established as late as 14 years from the onset of symptoms. During this period, the patient underwent several inconclusive examinations, resulting in a delay of diagnosis and in prolonged and aggravated symptoms. With this case report, we want to draw attention to SCCH and the importance of early diagnosis of the disease. View Full-Text
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Roed, B.; Kristensen, T.; Thorsen, S.; Poulsen Bloch, K.; Afzelius, P. Sternocostoclavicular Hyperostosis: An Ill-Recognized Disease. Diagnostics 2016, 6, 29.
Roed B, Kristensen T, Thorsen S, Poulsen Bloch K, Afzelius P. Sternocostoclavicular Hyperostosis: An Ill-Recognized Disease. Diagnostics. 2016; 6(3):29.Chicago/Turabian Style
Roed, Bolette; Kristensen, Tatiana; Thorsen, Søren; Poulsen Bloch, Klaus; Afzelius, Pia. 2016. "Sternocostoclavicular Hyperostosis: An Ill-Recognized Disease." Diagnostics 6, no. 3: 29.
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