Bone ultrasound parameters at the proximal phalanges of the hands were measured in 55 male patients with psoriatic arthritis (PA) (39 with peripheral radiologic involvement and 16 with axial involvement), comparing the findings with those in 16 rheumatoid arthritis (PA) patients, 20 ankylosing spondylitis (AS) patients and 55 age- and sex-matched normal controls. Mean values of amplitude-dependent speed of sound (Ad-SoS) and ultrasound bone profile score (UBPS) were significantly lower in RA (p <0.001 andp <1 x 10(-5)) and PA (p <0.03 and p <1 x 10(-6)) patients than in controls, while there was no statistically significant difference between AS patients and healthy subjects. Ultrasound parameters showed a significant negative correlation with age in all groups. in each patient group ultrasound values were unrelated either to disease duration or to inflammatory indices such as erythrocyte sedimentation rate and C-reactive protein. Moreover no significant differences were observed between ultra-sound parameters of the dominant and the nondominant hand. PA patients with and without axial radiologic changes did not show any differences in ultrasound parameters. However, PA subjects with peripheral involvement only had significantly higher Ad-SoS (p <0,04) and UBPS (p <0.04) values than RA patients. PA patients with axial lesions had significantly lower (p <0.04 and p <0.01) ultrasound values than AS patients. These findings suggest that PA uItrasound techniques performed at the peripheral revel are of value to speculate on bone involvement, although we think that ultrasound measurements cannot yet be recommended for monitoring bone involvement in these patients.
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|Titolo:||Ultrasound measurements at the proximal phalanges in male patients with psoriatic arthritis|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2001|
|Appartiene alla tipologia:||01a Articolo in rivista|