Systemic Lupus Erythematosus: A Systematic Approach to Arthritis of Rheumatic Diseases

Distribution, Pattern of Joint Involvement in Systemic Lupus Erythematosus

Author(s): Syuichi Koarada* and Mariko Sakai

Pp: 157-174 (18)

Doi: 10.2174/9789815050653122040007

* (Excluding Mailing and Handling)


There are four concepts of distribution of joint and tendon lesions in
systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE): general distribution, regional distribution, intraarticular
distribution, and timeline. Usually, joint lesions in SLE are symmetrically,
bilaterally, and multiply distributed. However, the distribution varies from case to case.
The distribution of the lesions can be ascertained by using bone scintigraphy and
gallium scintigraphy. The distribution of the lesions is very important information for
the diagnosis of SLE.

Keywords: Distribution of musculoskeletal lesions, General distribution, Intraarticular distribution, Regional distribution, Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), Timeline.

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