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BMC Public Health. 2007 Sep 22;7:260.

Erosive arthropathy in systemic sclerosis.

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Rheumatology department, El Ayachi University-Hospital, Sale, Morocco. fadouaallali@yahoo.fr

Abstract

BACKGROUND:

To determine radiological features of arthropathy in systemic sclerosis patients with polyarthritis.

RESULTS:

Forty one women and 5 men were included in this study. The mean age was 41 + 14,2 years, the mean duration of disease was 10,5+ 6,5 years. Thirty seven patients (80%) had radiological abnormalities including joint space narrowing (37%) and erosions (43%). At presentation, the prevalence of radiological foot abnormalities was lower than that of hands (26% vs 79%, p < 0,001). There was no significant difference between patients with (n = 24) and without erosive arthropathy (Joint space narrowing and/or erosion) (n = 22) in terms of cutaneous subtype, organ involvement, calcinosis presence of rheumatoid factor, ANA, Anti-topoisomerase antibodies.

CONCLUSION:

This study showed an high frequency of erosive arthropathy in our Morroccan SSc patients with clinical synovitis.

PMID:
17888166
PMCID:
PMC2040159
DOI:
10.1186/1471-2458-7-260
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