Joint involvement in systemic sclerosis.

@article{Lovell1979JointII,
  title={Joint involvement in systemic sclerosis.},
  author={Christopher R. Lovell and Malcolm I V Jayson},
  journal={Scandinavian journal of rheumatology},
  year={1979},
  volume={8 3},
  pages={
          154-60
        }
}
Eleven out of 24 patients with systemic sclerosis had radiological features of inflammatory polyarthritis. Juxta-articular osteoporosis was present in 9 patients, erosions in 5 and loss of joint space in 6 patients. Only one patient had a positive rheumatoid factor. Titres of rheumatoid factor, anti-nuclear factor, and plasma viscosity were comparable in patients with and without radiological abnormalities. Measurements of grip strength and finger-palm flexion also were similar in the two… CONTINUE READING

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