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Nucl Med Commun. 2002 Sep;23(9):829-31.

Radionuclide therapy of inflammatory joint diseases.

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Institute of Nuclear Medicine, Klinikum Kassel, D-34125 Kassel, Germany.


Inflammatory joint diseases as well as arthropathy are common joint diseases. Many of them may be treated by synovectomy to stop disease progression and to improve joint function. Radiosynoviorthesis as one therapeutic procedure of rheumatoid arthritis, other inflammatory joint diseases, persistent synovial perfusion, and other joint diseases is widely used in many countries in Europe. Using Y-90 for the knee joint, Re-186 for middle sized joints and Er-169 for small joints an improvement of symptoms and function may be observed in about 60-80% of patients.

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