Table 1

Correlation between morphology, progressive calcification process and symptoms of the mineral components of calcific tendinopathy (CT) of the rotator cuff, proposed by Chiou [24].

Calcific stage


Morphologic shape of calcific deposition

Clinical symptoms

Pre-calcific stage

Correlation not evaluated

Calcific stage

Formative phase

Arc or fragmented/punctuated

Mild pain

Resting phase


Moderate to severe pain

Resorptive phase


Severe pain

Post-calcific stage

Correlation not evaluated

Oliva et al. BMC Medicine 2012 10:95   doi:10.1186/1741-7015-10-95

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