rice body

rice body2016-11-12T15:31:38+00:00

rice body


A descriptive term for any of numerous elongated and indurated oval-to-rounded rice grain-like masses*—found in the joints of patients with rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, septic arthritis, tuberculous bursitis, synovial chondromatosis—which bear a striking 

rice_bodies_mriverisimilitude to rice in red sauce. Rice body formation has been linked to synovial ischaemia.

*Composed of collagen types I, III and V in ratios of 40/40/20–the same ratio as the synovial membrane. 

Top image, macroscopic appearance, bottom image, MRI—which demonstrates a full-thickness rotator cuff tear with  multiple “rice bodies” (white arrowheads) on a coronal fat-suppressed T2-weighted image.  

References http://www.medscape.com/ viewarticle/559556



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