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Med Ultrason. 2013 Dec;15(4):321-5.

A case of alkaptonuria - ultrasonographic findings.

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Rheumatology Department, Emergency Clinical County Hospital, Cluj-Napoca, Romania; Email:


Alkaptonuria is a rare disease with autosomal recessive inheritance and variable expression. The weight-bearing joint involvement and spondylitis-like vertebral changes occur only after the 3rd decade. Musculoskeletal ultrasonographic findings in alkaptonuria were only rarely described, consisting mainly into enthesopathy and non-synovial tendon degeneration. We present the case of a 50 years old man with alkaptonuria and discuss the ultrasonographic findings and the relationship of the disease with chondrocalcinosis. The tendinous and synovial aspect may be peculiar and it could therefore allow recognition and screening for alkaptonuria, along with clinical and radiologic data.

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