Plant Thorn Synovitis (cont.)

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What is the outlook (prognosis) of plant thorn arthritis?

Once a synovectomy for plant thorn arthritis has been performed, the joint tends to heal well without residual problems. The sooner the synovectomy is performed, the better the outcome as chronic joint inflammation can risk damage to cartilage of the joint. Physical therapy rehabilitation exercises can be helpful to restore normal joint function.

Medically reviewed by Kirkwood Johnston, MD; American Board of Internal Medicine with subspecialty in Rheumatology


Stevens, K.J., et. al. "Imaging of Plant-Thorn Synovitis." Skeletal Radiol 29 (2000): 605-608.

Sugarman, M., D.G. Stobie, F.P. Quismorio, R. Terry, and V. Hanson. "Plant Thorn Synovitis." Arthritis Rheum 20.5 June 1977: 1125-1128.

Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 1/22/2014

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