The role of Power Doppler ultrasonography in comparison with biological markers in the evaluation of disease activity in Juvenile Idiopathic Arthritis.
Source: Medical Ultrasonography. May, Vol. Methods: Forty hospital visits were studied comprising 32 patients with JIA, during one year of follow-up.
Each patient underwent clinical, laboratory and ultrasound PDUS evaluation. The physician global assessment score on the visual analog scale PhGA was used as a standard for assessing disease activity, based on previous studies. The PDUS signal was scored according to a semiquantitative four grade scale Conclusion: Laboratory tests used today are not sufficiently sensitive for the prediction of active disease.
PDUS assessment of synovial vascularisation is a technique with good sensitivity and specificity, thus it may be a juvenile idiopathic arthritis jia) criteria for evaluating disease activity in JIA, completing conventional clinical examination. However, users may print, download, or email articles for individual use.
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