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The use of ultrasound in the management of large-vessel vasculitis: an evolving concept

1, 2, 3

  1. University of Pavia, Department of Rheumatology, IRCCS Policlinico S. Matteo Foundation, Pavia, and PhD in Experimental Medicine, University of Pavia, Italy. sara.saramonti@gmail.com
  2. Rheumatology Department at Centro Hospitalar do Baixo Vouga, E.P.E. Aveiro, Portugal.
  3. NDORMS, Rheumatology Department, Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre, University of Oxford, UK.

CER11646 Submission on line
2018 Vol.36, N°5 ,Suppl.114 - PI 0096, PF 0102
Specific diseases

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Rheumatology Article

 

Abstract

Imaging is increasingly recognised as an essential element in the management of several rheumatologic conditions. Ultrasound is in widespread use as a safe, reproducible, and directly interpretable method for diagnosis and evaluation of arthritis and increasingly of large-vessel vasculitis (LVV). Indeed, the diagnosis and management of LVV are being transformed through the use of imaging. Increasing and more standardised evidence is being produced on the role of colour duplex sonography in the management of LVV. Nonetheless, some controversies and unresolved issues remain. This review describes current findings and reviews future perspectives in the use of ultrasound for the diagnosis and management of LVV.

PMID: 30296975 [PubMed]

Received: 22/08/2018 - Accepted : 30/08/2018 - In Press: 01/10/2018 - Published: 01/10/2018