Survival of calcium pyrophosphate crystals in stored synovial fluids.

Eleven synovial fluids containing calcium pyrophosphate dihydrate (CPPD) were examined repeatedly over an eight week period to assess whether storage conditions and duration influenced the number of crystals present. Aliquots of each fluid were stored at room temperature, 4 degrees C, and -70 degrees C. At -70 degrees C there was no change in crystal count… CONTINUE READING