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Year : 2020  |  Volume : 28  |  Issue : 3  |  Page : 179-180

Scruples over speckles

Division of Rheumatology, Boston University Medical Center, Boston, MA, USA

Correspondence Address:
Dr. Eugene Y Kissin
Boston University, 72 E Concord St., Evans 501, Boston, MA 02118
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Source of Support: None, Conflict of Interest: None

DOI: 10.4103/JMU.JMU_122_19

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The “snowstorm” sign refers to the ultrasound appearance of motile hyperechoic specks within synovial fluid and has been reported to have a high specificity for gout. We describe three additional etiologies commonly encountered in the rheumatology clinic that can produce a snowstorm: calcium pyrophosphate deposition disease, fibrin collections/rice bodies, and gas bubbles in viscous synovial fluid.

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