Ankylosis of wrist and small joints of the hand occurs in rheumatoid arthritis: Diagnostic implication in paleopathology

Int J Paleopathol. 2012 Dec;2(4):249-251. doi: 10.1016/j.ijpp.2012.09.001. Epub 2012 Oct 31.

Abstract

There are no universally accepted criteria for the paleopathological diagnosis of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Recent clinical studies show that small joint ankylosis occur in RA at a low frequency (2%). Presence of small joint ankylosis in paleopathological material does therefore not allow one to exclude a diagnosis of RA provided no other bone changes suggestive of spondyloarthropathy are present.