Ultrasound versus magnetic resonance imaging in the evaluation of shoulder joint pathologies in a cohort of rheumatoid arthritis patients

AbstractBackgroundRheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a systemic autoimmune disease that has a great impact on different joints, may result in their destruction and loss of function. Although the shoulder is affected in a large portion of patients with RA, it does not receive much attention during the follow up of RA. The precise diagnosis of shoulder pain in RA is a clinical challenge and benefits from a reliable imaging modality to detect its exact origin.AimTo determine the diagnostic accuracy of ultrasound (US) in detecting shoulder joint pathologies in RA, considering magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) as the gold standard.Materials and MethodsThis cross ‐sectional, observational study was carried out on 30 RA patients complaining of unilateral or bilateral shoulder pain. Patients were subjected to history taking, clinical shoulder examination, plain X‐ray, US examination following a standardized protocol, and MRI. The results were correlated wi th each other.ResultsIn comparison with the MRI findings, US showed high accuracy in terms of sensitivity (Sn) and specificity (Sp) in supraspinatus tendinopathy (Sn 96.6%; Sp 93.3%), biceps tenosynovitis (Sn 87.5%; Sp 97.6%), subacromial ‐subdeltoid bursitis (Sn 72.7%; Sp 95.7%), humeral erosions (Sn 90.5%; Sp 97.3%), and acromioclavicular osteoarthritis (Sn 85.7%; Sp 95.7%). In terms of reliability, the agreement between US and MRI was almost perfect (κ = .9,P  
Source: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases - Category: Rheumatology Authors: Tags: ORIGINAL ARTICLE Source Type: research

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