The Association of Achilles Sonoelastography Findings with Disease Activity, Functional Status and Enthesitis Index in Patients with Axial Spondyloarthritis


BEYAZAL M. , Beyazal M. S. , BEYAZAL ÇELİKER F. , DEVRİMSEL G. , YILDIRIM M.

AKTUELLE RHEUMATOLOGIE, 2022 (Journal Indexed in SCI) identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Publication Date: 2022
  • Doi Number: 10.1055/a-1749-4695
  • Title of Journal : AKTUELLE RHEUMATOLOGIE
  • Keywords: Achilles tendon, axial spondyloarthritis, sonoelastography, strain index, REAL-TIME SONOELASTOGRAPHY, ANKYLOSING-SPONDYLITIS, STRAIN SONOELASTOGRAPHY, ULTRASOUND, ELASTOGRAPHY, TENDON, BENIGN, DIFFERENTIATION, VALIDATION, CRITERIA

Abstract

Background Sonoelastography (SE) is a new ultrasound (US)-based technique able to assess tissue elasticity. Using conventional US, it is sometimes difficult or even impossible to distinguish pathologic tissue because it often presents with the same echogenicity as the surrounding healthy tissue. This study aimed to evaluate SE findings in Achilles tendons of patients with axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA) and to assess how these findings are associated with disease-related parameters.