Detailed Analyses of Periarticular Osteoporosis in Rheumatoid Arthritis

  title={Detailed Analyses of Periarticular Osteoporosis in Rheumatoid Arthritis},
  author={F. E. Alenfeld and Evelyn Diessel and M. Brezger and Joachim Sieper and Dieter Felsenberg and J. Braun},
  journal={Osteoporosis International},
Periarticular osteopenia is the earliest radiographic sign of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Recent studies using dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) have indicated that the loss of periarticular BMD can be quantified by whole-hand bone mineral density (BMD) measurements. The aim of this study was to analyze periarticular BMD in more detail by DXA and quantitative ultrasound (QUS). In a cross-sectional study 23 women aged 30–76 years with early RA, mean disease duration 26 ± 19 months, and 18… CONTINUE READING