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Fat metaplasia on sacroiliac joint magnetic resonance imaging at baseline is associated with spinal radiographic progression in patients with axial spondyloarthritis

Title
Fat metaplasia on sacroiliac joint magnetic resonance imaging at baseline is associated with spinal radiographic progression in patients with axial spondyloarthritis
Authors
KangK.Y.KimI.J.YoonM.A.HongY.S.ParkS.-H.JuJ.H.ShamjiM.
Ewha Authors
김인제
SCOPUS Author ID
김인제scopus
Issue Date
2015
Journal Title
PLoS ONE
ISSN
1932-6203JCR Link
Citation
vol. 10, no. 8
Publisher
Public Library of Science
Indexed
SCIE; SCOPUS WOS scopus
Abstract
Objective To study the relationship between inflammatory and structural lesions in the sacroiliac joints (SIJs) on MRI and spinal progression observed on conventional radiographs in patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA). Methods One hundred and ten patients who fulfilled the ASAS axSpA criteria were enrolled. All underwent SIJ MRI at baseline and lumbar spine radiographs at baseline and after 2 years. Inflammatory and structural lesions on SIJ MRI were scored using the SPondyloArthritis Research Consortium of Canada (SPARCC) method. Spinal radiographs were scored using the Stoke AS Spinal Score (SASSS). Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to identify predictors of spinal progression. Results Among the 110 patients, 25 (23%) showed significant radiographic progression (change of SASSS>2) over 2 years. There was no change in the SASSS over 2 years according to the type of inflammatory lesion. Patients with fat metaplasia or ankyloses on baseline MRI showed a significantly higher SASSS at 2 years than those without (p<0.001). According to univariate logistic regression analysis, age at diagnosis, HLA-B27 positivity, the presence of fat metaplasia, erosion, and ankyloses on SIJ MRI, increased baseline CRP levels, and the presence of syndesmophytes at baseline were associated with spinal progression over 2 years. Multivariate analysis identified syndesmophytes and severe fat metaplasia on baseline SIJ MRI as predictive of spinal radiographic progression (OR, 14.74 and 5.66, respectively). Conclusion Inflammatory lesions in the SIJs on baseline MRI were not associated with spinal radiographic progression. However, fat metaplasia at baseline was significantly associated with spinal progression after 2 years. © 2015 Kang et al. This is an open access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
DOI
10.1371/journal.pone.0135206
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