The ability of synovitis to predict structural damage in rheumatoid arthritis: A comparative study between clinical examination and ultrasound

Maxime Dougados, Valérie Devauchelle-Pensec, Jean François Ferlet, Sandrine Jousse-Joulin, Maria-Antonietta D'Agostino, Maria Antonietta D'Agostino, Marina Backhaus, Jacques Bentin, Gérard Chalès, Isabelle Chary-Valckenaere, Philip Conaghan, Richard J Wakefield, Frédéric Etcheparre, Philippe Gaudin, Walter Grassi, Désirée Van Der Heijde, Xavier Mariette, Esperanza Naredo, Marcin Szkudlarek

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Objectives To evaluate synovitis (clinical vs ultrasound (US)) to predict structural progression in rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Methods Patients with RA. Study design Prospective, 2-year follow-up. Data collected Synovitis (32 joints (2 wrists, 10 metacarpophalangeal, 10 proximal interphalangeal, 10 metatarsophalangeal)) at baseline and after 4 months of therapy by clinical, US grey scale (GS-US) and power doppler (PD-US); x-rays at baseline and at year 2. Analysis Measures of association (OR) were tested between structural deterioration and the presence of baseline synovitis, or its persistence, after 4 months of therapy using generalised estimating equation analysis. Results Structural deterioration was observed in 9% of the 1888 evaluated joints in 59 patients. Baseline synovitis increased the risk of structural progression: OR=2.01 (1.36-2.98) p<0.001 versus 1.61 (1.06-2.45) p=0.026 versus 1.75 (1.18-2.58) p=0.005 for the clinical versus US-GS versus US-PD evaluation, respectively. In the joints with normal baseline examination (clinical or US), an increased probability for structural progression in the presence of synovitis for the other modality was also observed (OR=2.16 (1.16-4.02) p=0.015 and 3.50 (1.77-6.95) p<0.001 for US-GS and US-PD and 2.79 (1.35-5.76) p=0.002) for clinical examination. Persistent (vs disappearance) synovitis after 4 months of therapy was also predictive of subsequent structural progression. Conclusions This study confi rms the validity of synovitis for predicting subsequent structural deterioration irrespective of the modality of examination of joints, but also suggests that both clinical and ultrasonographic examinations may be relevant to optimally evaluate the risk of subsequent structural deterioration.
Lingua originaleEnglish
pagine (da-a)665-671
Numero di pagine7
RivistaAnnals of the Rheumatic Diseases
Stato di pubblicazionePubblicato - 2013


  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid
  • Disease Progression
  • Female
  • Follow-Up Studies
  • Humans
  • Joints
  • Longitudinal Studies
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Physical Examination
  • Predictive Value of Tests
  • Prospective Studies
  • Reproducibility of Results
  • Risk Factors
  • Synovitis
  • Ultrasonography, Doppler


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