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Gray scale and power Doppler ultrasonography in evaluation of early rheumatoid arthritis.
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PMID:  21210015     Owner:  NLM     Status:  In-Process    
INTRODUCTION: Ultrasonography provides information regarding synovial membrane proliferation and its vascularization. The AIM of our study was to evaluate the role of gray scale and power Doppler ultrasonography in assessing early rheumatoid arthritis by analyzing the scores determined by the evaluation of synovial proliferation, joint effusion, erosion or soft tissue swelling.
MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was prospective comprising 34 patients (31 female, 3 men), mean age 45.68 years, with clinical changes and biochemical early rheumatoid arthritis. Bilateral wrist, II-V metacarpophalangeal, and proximal interphalangeal joints were evaluated by dorsal and palmar scans.
RESULTS: The mean duration from the onset of symptoms was 3.46 months. Based on the clinical, biochemical and US scores the patients from our study presented early stages of RA. Also, statistically significant correlations were observed between the time elapsed from the onset, the changes highlighted by ultrasound and the stage of the disease (stage 0 or 1).
CONCLUSIONS: Our study confirms that US evaluation of changes in the joints of the hand offers useful information for staging the diagnosis of RA.
Carolina Botar-Jid; Sorana Bolboaca; Daniela Fodor; Corina Bocsa; Maria Magdalena Tamas; Mihaela Micu; Sorin M Dudea; Dan Vasilescu; Radu Badea
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Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Medical ultrasonography     Volume:  12     ISSN:  2066-8643     ISO Abbreviation:  Med Ultrason     Publication Date:  2010 Dec 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2011-01-06     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  101522985     Medline TA:  Med Ultrason     Country:  Romania    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  300-5     Citation Subset:  IM    
Radiology Department, University of Medicine and Pharmacy "Iuliu Haţieganu", 3-5 Clinicilor str. Cluj-Napoca, Romania.
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