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Development of Rice Bodies in 2 Children Younger Than 3 Years

Druschel, Claudia; Funk, Julia F.; Kallinich, Tilmann; Lieb, Angelika; Placzek, Richard P.

JCR: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: January 2013 - Volume 19 - Issue 1 - p 35–37
doi: 10.1097/RHU.0b013e31826d6b5e
Case Reports

Rice bodies are synovial fluid nodules macroscopically resembling shiny white rice beans. They have been seen in synovial fluid from several types of inflammatory arthritis including tuberculosis, pyogenic arthritis, and juvenile idiopathic arthritis and adult rheumatoid arthritis. Microscopically, they consist of amorphous material, fibrin, and collagen. We report the rare cases of 2 children younger than 3 years with multiple rice body formations in the knee joints.

From the Charite University Medicine Berlin, Berlin, Germany.

The authors declare no conflict of interest.

Correspondence: Claudia Druschel, MD, Center for Musculoskeletal Surgery, Charité, University Medicine Berlin, Campus Virchow Augustenburger Platz 1, 13353, Berlin, Germany 13353. E-mail:

© 2013 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.