OBJECTIVES: To investigate the capacity of ultrasound (US) to detect improvement of synovial abnormalities induced by treatment in juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA).
METHODS: Eighty-three joints (33 knees, 22 tibiotalar, 10 wrists, 9 elbows, 9 subtalar joints) of 33 patients with new-onset JIA were assessed by US at study entry and 6 months after a therapeutic intervention. Each joint was scored for grey-scale (GS) and power Doppler (PD) abnormalities according to a 4-point semiquantitative scale. Pre- and post-treatment US scores were compared and the sensitivity to change of GSUS and PDUS was estimated. Clinical response was assessed using the ACR paediatric (ACRp) response criteria.
RESULTS: Seventeen patients (51.5%) underwent intra-articular corticosteroid injection (IACI) only, 15 (45.5%) were given IACI and systemic medications, and 1 (3.0%) was started with systemic therapy alone. Both GSUS and PDUS scores improved significantly (p<0.0001) from baseline to follow-up. US revealed strong sensitivity to change with standardised response mean for GSUS and PDUS of 2.44 and 1.23, respectively. At the follow-up visit, 13/20 (65.0%) joints with residual US abnormalities were judged in remission on clinical grounds. Six/21 (28.6%) patients who were ACRp90 responders did not display complete resolution of synovial abnormalities on US.
CONCLUSIONS: US is a sensitive tool to assess therapeutic response in patients with JIA. Subclinical disease on US is common in joints with clinically-defined remission. An ACRp90 response may not be coupled with complete resolution of synovial abnormalities on US. Further studies are needed to establish the impact of US on therapeutic decision-making in JIA.
|Number of pages||6|
|Journal||Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology|
|Publication status||Published - Dec 1 2017|
- Adrenal Cortex Hormones/administration & dosage
- Arthritis, Juvenile/diagnostic imaging
- Child, Preschool
- Injections, Intra-Articular
- Synovial Membrane/diagnostic imaging
- Ultrasonography, Doppler