Value of C reactive protein in the assessment of erosive osteoarthritis of the hand

L. Punzi, R. Ramonda, F. Oliviero, P. Sfriso, M. Mussap, M. Plebani, M. Podswiadek, S. Todesco

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Abstract

Objective: To investigate the value of serum C reactive protein (CRP) as a marker of erosive osteoarthritis (EOA) of the hand. Methods: Ninety eight patients, 67 with EOA and 31 with non-EOA of the hand, were included in the study and analysed for radiographic score (RS), number of erosions, and joint count (JC) at clinical observation and at bone scintigraphy. CRP was assayed in a serum sample by a highly sensitive immunonephelometric method. Results: The median (interquartile range) CRP level was 4.7 (2.4-6.9) mg/l in the EOA and 2.1 (0.5-4.9) mg/l in the non-EOA group (p = 0.001). In all patients, CRP correlated with RS (rs = 0.43, ps = 0.72, ps = 0.47, p

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)955-957
Number of pages3
JournalAnnals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Volume64
Issue number6
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Jun 2005

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Rheumatology
  • Immunology

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