Osteophyte

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Osteophyte

 

a small, circumscribed, single or multiple bony excrescence. An osteophyte is usually caused either by mechanical injury or by infectious inflammatory processes, for example, osteomyelitis and syphilis. Being asymptomatic in most cases, it is detected by roentgenography and does not require specific treatment. Osteophytes are surgically removed if they cause pain or restrict movement.

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Table 1 Kellgren-Lawrence Arthritis Grading Scale * Grade Characteristics I Doubtful joint space narrowing, possible osteophytic lipping II Definite osteophytes, definite joint space narrowing III Moderate multiple osteophytes, definite joint space narrowing, some sclerosis and possible deformity of bone contour IV Large osteophytes, marked joint space narrowing, severe sclerosis and deformity of bone contour * (Adapted from: Kellgren JH, Lawrence JS.
These categories of abnormalities can be distinguished on the basis of either regional bone loss or deposition of additional bone, as in osteophytic lipping of vertebral centra, especially in the lumbar region of skeletons of older individuals (Figures 1 [V] and 6).
A fibrous band extended superiorly to the level of the mentum, where it was attached to an osteophytic nipple at the base.
2-4) Abnormal motion may lead to an osteophytic spur at the pseudarthrosis, which may also impinge on the cuff.