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2021 Jan 21

Clin Exp Rheumatol

Change in MRI in patients with spondyloarthritis treated with anti-TNF agents: systematic review of the literature and meta-analysis.


Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) is currently the most accurate imaging tool used in axial spondyloarthritis regarding its diagnostic approach. MRI of the spine and sacroiliac joints (SIJ) might be relevant in the follow-up of axial spondyloarthritis for difficult cases, provided that its validity and correlation with clinical, biological and functional outcomes is ascertained. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of TNF alpha inhibitors (TNFi) on MRI scoring of inflammation on spine and SIJ and to evaluate their correlation with the parameters used in daily practice.