, Volume 7, Issue 3, pp 344-351
Date: 15 Feb 2014

Basic differential diagnosis of arthritis

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This article outlines an approach to basic plain-film diagnosis and differential diagnosis of the arthritides. It advocates the use of an analysis of which part of the joint is involved, and works through a logical sequence to reach a final diagnosis. It recommends the concept of dividing up the arthritides into those in which the radiological effects predominantly affect synovium, cartilage or the enthesis.

Received 13 December 1995; Revision received 20 March 1996; Accepted 4 April 1996