Cricoarytenoid joint involvement in rheumatoid arthritis: radiologic evaluation

Am J Otolaryngol. Nov-Dec 2012;33(6):753-5. doi: 10.1016/j.amjoto.2012.06.004. Epub 2012 Aug 9.


Rheumatoid arthritis rarely involves the cricoarytenoid joint. The possible consequent symptom includes hoarseness, dysphagia, odynophagia, dysfunctional dysphonia, and acute dyspnea. Etiologic diagnosis is possible with high-resolution computed tomography, which can show spacing of the articular cartilage, density and volume alterations, and subluxation of the cartilage. However, these radiologic signs are not pathognomonic for rheumatoid arthritis, and they should be combined with anamnestic data.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Arthritis, Rheumatoid / diagnostic imaging*
  • Arytenoid Cartilage / diagnostic imaging*
  • Cricoid Cartilage / diagnostic imaging*
  • Diagnosis, Differential
  • Female
  • Humans
  • Middle Aged
  • Tomography, X-Ray Computed*