Ultrasonographic evaluation of joint involvement in early rheumatoid arthritis in clinical remission: Power Doppler signal predicts short-term relapse

Carlo A. Sciré, Carlomaurizio Montecucco, Veronica Codullo, Oscar Epis, Monica Todoerti, Roberto Caporali

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Abstract

Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the usefulness of a systematic musculoskeletal ultrasonographic (US) assessment in the detection of residual disease activity in patients with early RA who achieved clinical remission. Methods: We prospectively studied 106 early RA patients receiving conventional DMARDs according to a disease activity score (DAS)-steered therapeutic protocol over a 24-month period. Standard evaluation included clinical, laboratory, functional and systematic (44 joints) US assessment. US indexes of grey scale (GS) and power Doppler (PD) synovitis were correlated with clinical evaluation, laboratory indexes and clinical outcome. Clinical remission was defined when DAS was

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1092-1097
Number of pages6
JournalRheumatology
Volume48
Issue number9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2009

Keywords

  • Arthritis
  • Disease activity
  • Doppler
  • Early diagnosis
  • Prognosis
  • Remission
  • Rheumatoid
  • Treatment outcome
  • Ultrasonography

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Pharmacology (medical)
  • Medicine(all)

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