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Eur Radiol. 1997;7(3):344-51.

Basic differential diagnosis of arthritis.

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  • 1Department of Clinical Radiology, Bristol Royal Infirmary, Bristol BS2 8HW, UK.


This article outlines an approach to basic plain-film diagnosis and differential diagnosis of the arthritides. It advocates the use of an analysis of which part of the joint is involved, and works through a logical sequence to reach a final diagnosis. It recommends the concept of dividing up the arthritides into those in which the radiological effects predominantly affect synovium, cartilage or the enthesis.

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