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To determine radiological features of arthropathy in systemic sclerosis patients with polyarthritis. Forty one women and 5 men were included in this study. The mean age was 41 + 14,2 years, the mean duration of disease was 10,5+ 6,5 years. Thirty seven patients (80%) had radiological abnormalities including joint space narrowing (37%) and erosions (43%). At presentation, the prevalence of radiological foot abnormalities was lower than that of hands (26% vs 79%, p < 0,001). There was no significant difference between patients with (n = 24) and without erosive arthropathy (Joint space narrowing and/or erosion) (n = 22) in terms of cutaneous subtype, organ involvement, calcinosis presence of rheumatoid factor, ANA, Anti-topoisomerase antibodies. This study showed an high frequency of erosive arthropathy in our Morroccan SSc patients with clinical synovitis.


Fadoua Allali, Latifa Tahiri, Adil Senjari, Redouane Abouqal, Najia Hajjaj-Hassouni. Erosive arthropathy in systemic sclerosis. BMC public health. 2007;7:260

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