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Entheseal involvement in a group of psoriatic arthritis patients: An ultrasonographic study

  • Authors:
    • Beatrice Andreea Chisălău
    • Andreea Lili Bărbulescu
    • Cristina Dorina Pârvănescu
    • Sineta Cristina Firulescu
    • Ștefan Cristian Dinescu
    • Roxana Mihaela Dumitrașcu
    • Adina Turcu‑stiolica
    • Răzvan Adrian Ionescu
    • Horațiu Valeriu Popoviciu
    • Simona Bănicioiu Covei
    • Mihail Virgil Boldeanu
    • Alina Maria Vilcea
    • Paulina Lucia Ciurea
    • Florentin Ananu Vreju
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  • Published online on: July 21, 2021     https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2021.10476
  • Article Number: 1044
  • Copyright: © Chisălău et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of Creative Commons Attribution License.

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Abstract

Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) is an inflammatory potentially destructive disease that requires early diagnosis and therapeutic approach. Its main pathogenic event and the condition's hallmark is considered to be enthesitis. Clinical examination of the enthesis can be a challenge in the clinical practice; thus, ultrasonography (US) has emerged as an indispensable imaging tool for evaluating both structural and inflammatory changes of this structure. In the present study, we aimed to analyze the type and frequency of entheseal involvement in PsA patients by US examination, performing a retrospective study on 41 patients diagnosed with PsA. Ultrasonographically confirmed enthesitis, identified according to Outcome Measures in Rheumatology group (OMERACT, initially Outcome Measures in Rheumatoid Arthritis Clinical Trials) definitions, was present in 26 of the included patients, Achilles enthesis being the most common site involved. The prevalence of tendon structure abnormalities and the presence of entesophytes underlines the importance of chronic inflammation on entheseal sites. US examination has proven to be a reliable imaging method, with significant and continuous improvement, which is clearly a requisite part for current understanding and diagnosis of enthesitis and more than this, for the patient follow‑up algorithm.

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Chisălău BA, Bărbulescu AL, Pârvănescu CD, Firulescu SC, Dinescu ȘC, Dumitrașcu RM, Turcu‑stiolica A, Ionescu RA, Popoviciu HV, Covei SB, Covei SB, et al: Entheseal involvement in a group of psoriatic arthritis patients: An ultrasonographic study. Exp Ther Med 22: 1044, 2021
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Chisălău, B.A., Bărbulescu, A.L., Pârvănescu, C.D., Firulescu, S.C., Dinescu, Ș.C., Dumitrașcu, R.M. ... Vreju, F.A. (2021). Entheseal involvement in a group of psoriatic arthritis patients: An ultrasonographic study. Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine, 22, 1044. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2021.10476
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Chisălău, B. A., Bărbulescu, A. L., Pârvănescu, C. D., Firulescu, S. C., Dinescu, Ș. C., Dumitrașcu, R. M., Turcu‑stiolica, A., Ionescu, R. A., Popoviciu, H. V., Covei, S. B., Boldeanu, M. V., Vilcea, A. M., Ciurea, P. L., Vreju, F. A."Entheseal involvement in a group of psoriatic arthritis patients: An ultrasonographic study". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 22.3 (2021): 1044.
Chicago
Chisălău, B. A., Bărbulescu, A. L., Pârvănescu, C. D., Firulescu, S. C., Dinescu, Ș. C., Dumitrașcu, R. M., Turcu‑stiolica, A., Ionescu, R. A., Popoviciu, H. V., Covei, S. B., Boldeanu, M. V., Vilcea, A. M., Ciurea, P. L., Vreju, F. A."Entheseal involvement in a group of psoriatic arthritis patients: An ultrasonographic study". Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine 22, no. 3 (2021): 1044. https://doi.org/10.3892/etm.2021.10476