Joint involvement in systemic sclerosis

Scand J Rheumatol. 1979;8(3):154-60. doi: 10.3109/03009747909114448.


Eleven out of 24 patients with systemic sclerosis had radiological features of inflammatory polyarthritis. Juxta-articular osteoporosis was present in 9 patients, erosions in 5 and loss of joint space in 6 patients. Only one patient had a positive rheumatoid factor. Titres of rheumatoid factor, anti-nuclear factor, and plasma viscosity were comparable in patients with and without radiological abnormalities. Measurements of grip strength and finger-palm flexion also were similar in the two groups. However, in individual cases joint or tendon sheath disease was associated with loss of function.

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged
  • Arthritis / etiology
  • Female
  • Finger Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Hand / diagnostic imaging
  • Humans
  • Joint Diseases / diagnostic imaging
  • Joint Diseases / etiology*
  • Joint Dislocations / etiology
  • Male
  • Metacarpophalangeal Joint / diagnostic imaging
  • Middle Aged
  • Osteoporosis / etiology
  • Radiography
  • Scleroderma, Systemic / complications*
  • Scleroderma, Systemic / diagnostic imaging