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Title: Aspects of the radiological evaluation of rheumatoid arthritis
Authors: VAN DER HEIJDE, Desiree
Issue Date: 2001
Citation: ANNALES DE MEDECINE INTERNE, 152(8). p. 518-521
Abstract: This paper gives an overview of several aspects of the radiographic evaluation of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Radiographs give important information about the structural damage caused by RA. On a group level, the natural progression follows a rather linear cause, but on an individual patient level, this can vary widely. Feet are often affected earlier and to a larger extent than hands. Both hands and feet give a good overall impression of the damage in the large joints and are sufficient to monitor the patient. It is recommended to take annual films of hands and feet to monitor patients. Several scoring methods are available for application in clinical trials. Most widely used are the Sharp and Larsen methods with their modifications. For use in clinical practice the SENS method is more feasible. Several drugs are capable of retarding radiographic progression. However, it is difficult to compare results across trials and these difficulties are elaborated.
Notes: Univ Hosp Maastricht, Div Rheumatol, NL-6202 AZ Maastricht, Netherlands. Limburgs Univ Ctr, Diepenbeek, Belgium.Van der Heijde, D, Univ Hosp Maastricht, Div Rheumatol, POB 5800, NL-6202 AZ Maastricht, Netherlands.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/1942/2714
ISI #: 000178430700007
ISSN: 0003-410X
Category: A1
Type: Journal Contribution
Validation: ecoom, 2003
Appears in Collections: Research publications

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