Bone mineral density of the hand in rheumatoid arthritis.

  title={Bone mineral density of the hand in rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={Nicola F. A. Peel and A J Spittlehouse and Deborah E. Bax and Richard Eastell},
  journal={Arthritis and rheumatism},
  volume={37 7},
OBJECTIVE To determine the reproducibility, accuracy, and linearity of hand bone mineral content (BMC) measurements, and to evaluate the influence of hand posture; to determine the relationship of hand bone mineral density (BMD) to generalized osteopenia in rheumatoid arthritis (RA); and to determine the relationship between hand BMD and disease severity in early RA. METHODS Hand BMD was measured by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA). We studied 70 postmenopausal women with steroid… CONTINUE READING
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