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Human Studies, Molecular/Cellular, Neurobiology, Neuroimaging

Arthritis, Inflammation/Inflammatory

2023 Jul 07

J Rheumatol


Advances in the Evaluation of Peripheral Enthesitis by Magnetic Resonance Imaging in Patients With Psoriatic Arthritis.


Østergaard M, Maksymowych WP


Enthesitis is a key disease manifestation in patients with psoriatic arthritis (PsA) that considerably contributes to pain, lower physical function, and reduced quality of life. Clinical assessment of enthesitis lacks sensitivity and specificity, and therefore better methods are urgently needed. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) allows detailed assessment of the components of enthesitis, and consensus-based validated MRI scoring systems exist. These include the Outcome Measures in Rheumatology (OMERACT) Heel Enthesitis MRI Scoring System (HEMRIS) method, which assesses the entheses of the heel region in a detailed manner, and the OMERACT MRI Whole-Body Score for Inflammation in Peripheral Joints and Entheses (MRI-WIPE) method, which provides an overall assessment of the inflammatory burden in the peripheral entheses and joints in the entire body using whole-body MRI. At an MRI workshop at the Group for Research and Assessment of Psoriasis and Psoriatic Arthritis (GRAPPA) 2022 meeting in Brooklyn, the MRI appearances of peripheral enthesitis were described, as were the scoring methods. The utility of MRI for improved assessment of enthesitis was demonstrated with examples of patient cases. Clinical trials in PsA that evaluate enthesitis by MRI as a key endpoint should include the presence of MRI enthesitis as an inclusion criterion, and apply validated MRI outcomes to assess the effect of therapeutics on enthesitis are recommended.