Skeletal Radiology

, Volume 20, Issue 7, pp 495–497

Osteoarthritis associated with distal interphalangeal joint involvement in rheumatoid arthritis

  • G. T. Abbott
  • R. C. Bucknall
  • G. H. Whitehouse

DOI: 10.1007/BF00194244

Cite this article as:
Abbott, G.T., Bucknall, R.C. & Whitehouse, G.H. Skeletal Radiol. (1991) 20: 495. doi:10.1007/BF00194244


A study was undertaken to investigate the relationship between the clinical and radiological findings in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoarthritis (OA), and combined osteoarthritis and rheumatoid arthritis (OA/RA) affecting the hands. Fifty patients were selected for each group from those attending a rheumatology clinic. The study showed a good correlation between the clinical and radiological diagnosis of combined OA/RA and that marginal erosive changes in the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joints occur more commonly in patients with rheumatoid arthritis who have coexisting osteoarthritis.

Key words

Erosions Osteophytes Subchondral 

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© International Skeletal Society 1991

Authors and Affiliations

  • G. T. Abbott
    • 1
  • R. C. Bucknall
    • 2
  • G. H. Whitehouse
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of RadiologyRoyal Liverpool HospitalLiverpoolUK
  2. 2.Department of RheumatologyRoyal Liverpool HospitalLiverpoolUK
  3. 3.University Dept. of RadiodiagnosisRoyal Liverpool HospitalLiverpoolUK

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