capsular pattern

cap·su·lar pat·tern

(kap'sū-lăr pat'ĕrn)
The pattern of limitation in range of motion exhibited by specific joints when inflamed; for example, the glenohumeral joint shows more limitation in external rotation than in internal rotation whereas the knee joint shows more limitation in flexion than in extension.

capsular pattern

In a joint, the proportional loss or limitation of passive range of motion that suggests inflammation in that joint (e.g., the capsular pattern of the glenohumeral joint, in order of most restriction, is lateral rotation, abduction, and medial rotation).
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The 'capsular pattern' of limitation at the lumbar spine is characterised by a limitation of movement in all planes, while at the neck flexion is usually not affected.
Metastatic adenopathy Nodes show loss of central fatty hilum with a capsular pattern of vascularity.
Each articulation has its specific capsular pattern of limitation and the important patterns are outlined in Table I.
A capsular pattern that implies articular pathologypresents as restriction of passive movement, where external rotation is affected more than abduction and internal rotation is the least affected (3).