Open Access Research article

Erosive Arthropathy in systemic sclerosis

Fadoua Allali12*, Latifa Tahiri1, Adil Senjari1, Redouane Abouqal2 and Najia Hajjaj-Hassouni12

Author Affiliations

1 Rheumatology department, El Ayachi University-Hospital, Sale, Morocco

2 Laboratory of Biostatistic, Clinical Research and Epidemiology. LBRCE. Faculty of Medecine and pharmacy, Rabat, Morocco

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BMC Public Health 2007, 7:260  doi:10.1186/1471-2458-7-260

Published: 22 September 2007



To determine radiological features of arthropathy in systemic sclerosis patients with polyarthritis.


Forty one women and 5 men were included in this study. The mean age was 41 + 14,2 years, the mean duration of disease was 10,5+ 6,5 years. Thirty seven patients (80%) had radiological abnormalities including joint space narrowing (37%) and erosions (43%). At presentation, the prevalence of radiological foot abnormalities was lower than that of hands (26% vs 79%, p < 0,001). There was no significant difference between patients with (n = 24) and without erosive arthropathy (Joint space narrowing and/or erosion) (n = 22) in terms of cutaneous subtype, organ involvement, calcinosis presence of rheumatoid factor, ANA, Anti-topoisomerase antibodies.


This study showed an high frequency of erosive arthropathy in our morroccan SSc patients with clinical synovitis.