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In medicine and rheumatology, synovitis is "inflammation of a synovial membrane. It is usually painful, particularly on motion, and is characterized by a fluctuating swelling due to effusion within a synovial sac."[1]

Synovitis may be due to connective tissue diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis and systemic lupus erythematosus.

Physical examination

The physical examination is more specific than sensitivity in its accuracy for detecting synovitis.[2][3]


  1. Anonymous (2015), Synovitis (English). Medical Subject Headings. U.S. National Library of Medicine.
  2. Tamai M, Kawakami A, Iwamoto N, Kawashiri SY, Fujikawa K, Aramaki T et al. (2011). "Comparative study of the detection of joint injury in early-stage rheumatoid arthritis by magnetic resonance imaging of the wrist and finger joints and physical examination.". Arthritis Care Res (Hoboken) 63 (3): 436-9. DOI:10.1002/acr.20395. PMID 21080353. Research Blogging.
  3. Hmamouchi I, Bahiri R, Srifi N, Aktaou S, Abouqal R, Hajjaj-Hassouni N (2011). "A comparison of ultrasound and clinical examination in the detection of flexor tenosynovitis in early arthritis.". BMC Musculoskelet Disord 12: 91. DOI:10.1186/1471-2474-12-91. PMID 21549008. PMC PMC3112434. Research Blogging.