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Article Dans Une Revue Joint Bone Spine Année : 2016

Reliability, validity and feasibility of nail ultrasonography in psoriatic arthritis


Objective: To determine the feasibility, reliability and validity of nails ultrasonography in psoriatic arthritis as an outcome measure. Methods: Pilot prospective single-centre study of eight ultrasonography parameters in B mode and power Doppler concerning the distal interphalangeal (DIP) joint, the matrix, the bed and nail plate. Intraobserver and inter-observer reliability was evaluated for the seven quantitative parameters (ICC and kappa). Correlations between ultrasonography and clinical variables were searched to assess external validity. Feasibility was assessed by the time to carry out the examination and the percentage of missing data. Results: Twenty-seven patients with psoriatic arthritis (age 55.0 +/- 16.2 years, disease duration 13.4 +/- 9.4 years) were included. Of these, 67% presented nail involvement on ultrasonography vs 37% on physical examination (P<0.05). Reliability was good (ICC and weighted kappa >0.75) for the seven quantitative parameters, except for synovitis of the DIP joint in B mode. The synovitis of the DIP joint revealed by ultrasonography correlated with the total number of clinical synovitis and Doppler US of the nail (matrix and bed). Doppler US of the matrix correlated with VAS pain but not with the ASDAS-CRP or with clinical enthesitis. No significant correlation was found with US nail thickness. Conclusion: The feasibility and reliability of ultrasonography of the nail in psoriatic arthritis appear to be satisfactory. Among the eight parameters evaluated, power Doppler of the matrix which correlated with local inflammation (DIP joint and bed) and with VAS pain could become an interesting outcome measure, provided that it is also sensitive to change. (C) 2015 Societe francaise de rhumatologie. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.
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hal-01415249 , version 1 (12-12-2016)



Anaïs Arbault, Hervé Devilliers, Davy Laroche, Audrey Cayot, Pierre Vabres, et al.. Reliability, validity and feasibility of nail ultrasonography in psoriatic arthritis. Joint Bone Spine, 2016, 83 (5), pp.539 - 544. ⟨10.1016/j.jbspin.2015.11.004⟩. ⟨hal-01415249⟩
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