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Arthritis Rheum. 1995 Jun;38(6):786-94.

Finger tendon involvement in rheumatoid arthritis. Evaluation with high-frequency sonography.

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University of Ancona, Italy.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

To characterize finger tendon involvement in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA).

METHODS:

The finger tendons of 20 RA patients were studied by ultrasonography using a high-frequency (13-MHz) transducer.

RESULTS:

Eighteen patients (90%) showed finger tendon abnormalities: widening of the flexor tendon sheath (80%), loss of the normal fibrillar echotexture (60%), irregularity of the extensor (30%) and flexor (50%) tendon margins, tendon tear (10%), synovial cyst (20%).

CONCLUSION:

High-frequency sonography is helpful in assessing even minimal finger tendon lesions in RA patients.

PMID:
7779121
DOI:
10.1002/art.1780380611
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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