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J Am Acad Dermatol. 2003 Aug;49(2):217-22.

Achilles tendinitis in psoriasis: clinical and sonographic findings.

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Department of Dermatology, Università Carrolica del Sacro Cuore, Rome, Italy. lutri@tin.it

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  • J Am Acad Dermatol. 2004 May;50(5):733. Giampietruzzi, Anna Rita [corrected to Giampetruzzi, Anna Rita].

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

Involvement of the Achilles tendon is frequent in psoriatic arthritis, but it is easily missed at clinical examination.

OBJECTIVE:

To seek evidence of Achilles tendon abnormalities by means of sonography in psoriatic patients and to correlate sonographic findings with clinical symptoms (tendon and soft-tissue swelling, pain, and difficulty in walking).

METHODS:

Fifty-nine patients with plaque-type psoriasis (Psoriasis Area and Severity Index score, 3.7-34.7) and 50 healthy, aged-matched volunteers underwent clinical and sonographic evaluation of Achilles tendons and peritendinous structures.

RESULTS:

Eighteen (30.5%) of the 59 patients had clinical symptoms of Achilles tendinitis. Thirty-five (59.3%) of the patients had sonographic abnormalities. Of these, 13 patients had clinically symptomatic abnormalities, and 11 had psoriatic arthritis. Degenerative tendinitis was the most frequent sonographic finding (76.9%) among patients with symptomatic conditions. Five patients with symptoms did not have sonographic alterations. None of the controls had clinical or sonographic changes.

CONCLUSIONS:

In psoriatic patients Achilles tendon abnormalities cannot be excluded even when they are clinically absent.

PMID:
12894068
DOI:
10.1067/s0190-9622(03)00904-6
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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