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FRI0535 The clinical and radiographic early course of knee and hip osteoarthritis over 10 years in check (COHORT HIP AND COHORT KNEE)
  1. D. Schiphof1,
  2. J. Runhaar1,
  3. J. Waarsing2,
  4. W. van Spil3,
  5. M. van Middelkoop1,
  6. S. Bierma-Zeinstra4
  1. 1Department of General Practice
  2. 2Department of Orthopeadics, ERASMUS MC, Rotterdam
  3. 3Department of Rheumatology and Clinical Immunology, UMC Utrecht, Utrecht
  4. 4Department of General Practice and Department of Orthopeadics, ERASMUS MC, Rotterdam, Netherlands


Background Osteoarthritis (OA) is the most prevalent joint disease and one of the leading causes of chronic pain and disability worldwide. Yet, relatively little is known about the early course of OA.

Objectives To describe the clinical and radiological early course of hip and/or knee OA.

Methods CHECK (Cohort Hip and Cohort Knee) is a multicenter, prospective observational cohort study of 1002 participants. Inclusion criteria were: 1) age 45–65 years at the time of inclusion, 2) pain in knee(s) and/or hip(s), 3) never or not longer than 6 months ago for the first time consulted a physician for these symptoms. Participants were included through general practitioners and advertisements. Visits took place at baseline, and at 2, 5, 8, and 10 year follow-up (T0, T2, T5, T8 and T10). At each visit, questionnaires, including joint pain presence (Numeric rating score, NRS), morning stiffness, Western Ontario and McMaster Universities Osteoarthritis Index (WOMAC), were inquired, and physical examination, and x-ray imaging were performed. Clinical OA was defined by the clinical American College of Rheumatism (ACR) criteria. Radiographic OA (ROA) was defined as Kellgren and Lawrence score (K and L) of ≥2.

Results 1002 participants (age 56±5 years (mean ±sd); 79% female; BMI 26±4 kg/m2) were included. 83% reported knee pain at baseline, 59% reported hip pain, and 42% reported both. 10 year follow-up data were complete for 85% of the participants. The total WOMAC score showed a median of 21 (range 0–80) at baseline and remained rather constant over time (T2=20 (0–83); T5=20 (0–86); T8=19 (0–88); T10=19 (0–81)). The same was observed for pain (NRS). At baseline, 520 participants fulfilled the clinical ACR criteria for knee and/or hip OA. Of these, only 91 (17.5%) participants subsequently fulfilled the ACR criteria at every follow-up visit. 138 participants did never fulfil the clinical ACR criteria for hip or knee OA. At baseline, 157 participants showed ROA in on or both knees and 161 participants showed ROA in on or both hips. After 10 years follow-up, 601 (60%) participants had ROA in one or both knees and 513 (51%) participants had hip ROA in one or both hips. Of those with hip OA in at least one hip, 256 (50%) had bilateral knee ROA at T10. Of the participants with knee OA in at least one knee, 256 (43%) had bilateral hip ROA at T10. Most joint replacements took place between 2 and 8 years follow-up (11 knees, 29 hips), predominantly in participants with multiple affected joints. Only 115 (13.5%) participants did not develop ROA of knee or hip.

Conclusions Although mean pain scores remain fairly stable over time, individual scores tend to fluctuate over time. Therefore, only few participants constantly fulfil the clinical criteria for OA. More than half of the participants had ROA after 10 year follow-up and a large overlap of knee and hip ROA was observed. Numbers of joint replacements were highest in participants developing both hip and knee OA.

Disclosure of Interest None declared

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