36º Congresso Brasileiro de Reumatologia

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Arthropathy can lead to disability and decrease quality of life in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. Ultrasound (US) presents good efficacy in identification of joint injuries, even in the early stages of the disease. The prevalence of sonographic changes is still not fully known in SLE, as well as the role of US in asymptomatic patients

Materials and methods

A cross-sectional and analytical study with 30 patients (classified according to ACR and/or SLICC criteria), who underwent clinical and bilateral US high-resolution evaluation of proximal interphalangeal, metacarpophalangeal and wrists. Ultrasonographic parameters were described, in agreement with OMERACT definitions, through a semiquantitative graduation system (0-3) for evaluation of gray scale (GS) and power doppler (PD). We defined as maximum joint involvement, the highest synovitis or Doppler value found. We divided the sample asymptomatic and symptomatic subgroups according to presence of arthralgia and/or arthritis


Among the included patients, 14 were classified as symptomatic and 16 as asymptomatic patients. Synovitis by GS≥1 was found in 90%, GS≥2 in 63.3% and GS=3 in 10%. The prevalence of patients with maximal synovitis (GS≥2) and maximal Doppler (PD≥2) was higher in patients with arthralgia than in the non-arthralgia group (p=0.002 and p=0.02, respectively). The majority of asymptomatic patients had non-pathological alteration (Table 1). Tenosynovitis was described in 83.3% of patients with at least one extensor compartment. Additionally, tenosynovitis(p=0.02) and erosions(p=0.01) were also more frequent in symptomatic group


Synovitis (GS≥2 and PD≥2), tenosynovitis and erosions were higher in patients with symptomatic SLE.



Systemic Lupus Erythematosus


Carolina Albanez Albuquerque Cunha Andrade , Camila Lucena Patriota Pontes, Lucas Marinho Siqueira Campos, Mariana Souza Pessoa Luna, José Otamir Andrade Jr, Bruno Rodrigo Fontes, Nara Gualberto Cavalcanti, Graciano Lucas Costa, Henrique Ataíde Mariz, Angela Luzia Branco Pinto Duarte