The relationship between synovitis and erosions in rheumatoid arthritis.

@article{Kirwan1997TheRB,
  title={The relationship between synovitis and erosions in rheumatoid arthritis.},
  author={John R Kirwan},
  journal={British journal of rheumatology},
  year={1997},
  volume={36 2},
  pages={225-8}
}
If clinically evident synovitis causes erosions, then the two should be highly correlated within individual joints. Separate hand joints (total 2064) were examined for the presence of synovitis (the simultaneous presence of soft-tissue swelling and tenderness) on nine occasions over 2 yr. The cumulative synovitis score was compared to the change in the Larsen score over the same period. The mean correlation between synovitis and erosion progression was r = 0.248 (explained variance = 6%). Of… CONTINUE READING