Psoriatic arthritis (PsA) has historically been considered a milder rheumatic disease not yielding significant clinical damage. However, recent studies have shown that PsA can be deforming and debilitating and that joint damage can be severe. Traditionally, joint damage has been recorded using plain radiographs. Characteristic radiographic features of PsA include joint erosions, joint space narrowing, bony proliferation including periarticular and shaft periostitis, osteolysis including “pencil in cup” deformity and acro-osteolysis, ankylosis, spur formation, and spondylitis. New imaging modalities, including ultrasound, bone scanning, and magnetic resonance imaging may help in both diagnosis and follow up of patients with PsA. These new imaging techniques will with validation help detect early changes in the peripheral joints, the periarticular tissues, and the spinal structures in patients with PsA.
- PsA, psoriatic arthritis
- RA, rheumatoid arthritis
- psoriatic arthritis
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