Pigmented Villonodular synovitis


- Discussion:
    - pigmented villonodular synovitis is a slow growing, benign, and locally invasive tumor of the synovium;
    - location: most often involves the knee (also in hip, ankle, elbow, etc.);
            - always consider PVNS in a younger patient with unexplained hip pain;
    - acute episodic attacks of pain and swelling may occur;
    - patients may have mechanical symptoms (locking and catching);
    - most have hemorrhagic, dark brown synovial fluid;
    - biopsy is diagnostic;
    - diff dx: rheumatoid arthritis: unlike PVNS, RA tends to affect multiple joints;
    - sub-types:
            - it usually presents as a monoarticular hemarthrosis, and may exist in a nodular or a diffuse form;
            - diffuse form:
                   - disease may be active or inactive;
                   - look for peri-articular erosions on radiographs;
                   - diffuse mass may be present on exam;
            - nodular form:
                   - less common than the diffuse form of the disease;
                   - does not show the same destructive changes as the diffuse form of PVNS;
                   - may cause recurrent hemarthrosis and aspirate may be of normal color (may not show classic brown color);


- Radiographs:
    - reference: Roentgenographic findings in pigmented villonodular synovitis of the knee.

- MRI Findings:
    - most characteristic feature of PVNS on MRI is the presence of intraarticular nodular masses of low signal intensity on T1,
             T2-weighted, and proton-density-weighted images;
    - diseased synovium and focal masses may be best demonstrated on T2 images, showing up as a void of signal intensity felt due to hemosiderin deposition;
    - hypo-intense signal is also seen on T1 images;
    - MRI differential diagnosis:
           - hemophilic arthropathy
           - soft-tissue sarcoma
           - fibromatosis
           - synovial chondromatosis
           - septic arthritis
           - inflammatory arthropathies
           - hemorrhagic synovitis
    - references:
           - Magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of aggressive villonodular synovitis.
           - The use of magnetic resonance imaging in the diagnosis of pigmented villonodular synovitis.
           - The use of MRI to assist in diagnosis of pigmented villonodular synovitis of the knee joint.
           - Magnetic resonance imaging evaluation and arthroscopic resection of localized pigmented villonodular synovitis of the knee.                   

- Histology:
    - histologic characteristics are similar to GCT of tendon sheath;
    - classic cytoarchitecture consists of subsynovial nodular proliferation of large round, polyhedral, or spindle cells with prominent cytoplasm and pale nuclei;
    - phagocytic histiocyte-like cells are also present;
    - lipid-laden foam cells and multinucleated giant cells are interspersed with hemosiderin-laden cells that resemble lining cells;
    - giant cells appear to have phagocytic role;
    - findings include deposition of iron, foam cells, or giant cells;


- Treatment:
    - arthroscopic synovectomy:
          - may be indicated for nodular form or for inactive form of diffuse disease;
          - some authors stress the importance of a synovectomy of the posterior compartment;
          - references:
                 - Pigmented villonodular synovitis of the knee. The results of total arthroscopic synovectomy, partial, arthroscopic synovectomy, and arthroscopic local excision.  
                 - Does Combined Open and Arthroscopic Synovectomy for Diffuse PVNS of the Knee Improve Recurrence Rates? 
                 - Localized pigmented villonodular synovitis of the knee. Arthroscopic treatment.
                
- Result of arthroscopic treatment of pigmented villonodular synovitis of the knee.
    - radiation therapy:

          - Blanco, et al: results of combined partial arthroscopic synovectomy and low-dose xrt in the treatment of diffuse PVNS of the knee;
                 - PRS of 22 patients with clinical, ultrasonic, and histologically confirmed findings of diffuse PVNS of the knee;
                 - protocol included anterior (patellofemoral, medial, and lateral) arthroscopic synovectomy and postop RT with a total dose of 2,600 cGy;
                 - combination therapy was effective in reducing symptoms of pain and edema, and in improving overall function of patients;
                 - 19 patients (86%) had good or excellent results at an average follow-up of 33 months (range, 26 to 76 months);
                 - 3 had confirmed recurrence of disease and were treated with repeat arthroscopic synovectomy w/o harmful effects from RT;
          - references:
                 - Combined partial arthroscopic synovectomy and radiation therapy for diffuse pigmented villonodular synovitis of the knee
                 - The effect of surgical synovectomy and radiotherapy on the rate of recurrence of pigmented villonodular synovitis of the knee: an individual patient meta-analysis.
    - open synovectomy:
          - treatment of choice for patients w/ active form of diffuse disease;
          - recurrence rate is relatively high and therefore both anterior and posterior open synovectomy is required;
    - total knee arthroplasty:
          - indicated for PVNS with joint destructive changes;
          - posterior stabilized prosthesis is recommended in order to maximize the exposure as well as the open synovectomy;
          - in the report by Hamlin BR, et al (1997), out of 13 patients w/ active diffuse PVNS who underwent TKR, 2 had recurrence
          - ref: Total knee arthroplasty in patients who have pigmented villonodular synovitis.




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Original Text by Clifford R. Wheeless, III, MD.

Last updated by Data Trace Staff on Friday, July 10, 2015 5:14 am