Advanced Ultrasound in Diagnosis and Therapy ›› 2018, Vol. 2 ›› Issue (2): 101-105.doi: 10.37015/AUDT.2018.180806

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Treatment of Calcific Achilles Tendinitis Using the Ultrasound-guided Single-needle Lavage Technique

Ligang Cui, MDa, Chang Liu, MDa, Zhiqiang Li, MDa, Desheng Sun, MDb,*()   

  1. a Department of Ultrasonography, Peking University Third Hospital, Beijing, China
    b Department of Ultrasonography, Peking University Shenzhen Hospital, Shenzhen, China
  • Received:2018-05-01 Online:2018-08-18 Published:2018-08-19
  • Contact: Desheng Sun, MD,


Objective: To report our initial experience using the ultrasound (US)-guided single-needle lavage technique for treating calcific Achilles tendinitis.
Methods: Eighteen patients with chronic ankle pain refractory to medical treatment were treated percutaneously using a fine needle lavage technique under US guidance. Patients were evaluated using the visual analogue scale (VAS) pain score both before and 3 months after the procedure. Treatment-related complications were also recorded.
Results: All 18 cases of US-guided single-needle lavage were performed successfully. The range of recovery time was 30-45 days, and there was a significant reduction in the VAS pain score.
Conclusion: The US-guided single-needle lavage technique seems to be an effective and minimally invasive way to treat calcific Achilles tendinitis.

Key words: Achilles; Calcific tendinitis; Ultrasound; Lavage; Treatment