Utilizing ultrasound (US) may be the best and least invasive method to examine hand joint and tendon inflammation in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients, according to a new study.
In the study conducted by the University of Medicine and Pharmacy of Craiova, Romania, researchers found when musculoskeletal ultrasonography (MUS) is used on PsA patients, physicians are able to thoroughly assess PsA in order to improve the diagnosis, prognosis and possible treatments of the condition.
Between 2016-2018, researchers studied 28 PsA patients in the Department of Rheumatology of the Emergency Clinical County Hospital of Craiova who exhibited swelling and pain in the small joints of their hands and wrists.
Due in part to the lack of studies involving US in PsA patients, researchers compared their particular study to research examining the use of MUS in rheumatoid arthritis patients.
Across 28 patients, 840 joints were clinically analyzed alongside US. Clinical evaluation results showed 59 joints were tender while 32 joints displayed signs of swelling.
Florescu A, Mușetescu AE, Florescu LM, et al. The Role of Ultrasound in Assessing Hand Joints and Tendons in Psoriatic Arthritis. Curr Health Sci J. 2019;45(2):198–203. doi:10.12865/CHSJ.45.02.11