Sonography of active rheumatoid arthritis during pregnancy: a case report and literature review

Francis I. Baffour, Gavin A. McKenzie, Delamo I. Bekele, Katrina Nesta Glazebrook

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Abstract

Disease activity in rheumatoid arthritis usually subsides in pregnancy, however a subset of patients have worsened symptoms with joint pain and swelling. Monitoring and mitigating disease activity in pregnancy is important for preventing deforming structural changes which can affect the ability of the patient to care for themselves and the newborn. Ultrasound is a safe and low-cost imaging modality for detecting active changes from an inflammatory arthritis, which can help guide management. We describe a case of an acute disease flare during pregnancy, readily detected with ultrasound, and present a review of sonographic evaluation of rheumatoid arthritis in pregnancy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1233-1237
Number of pages5
JournalRadiology Case Reports
Volume13
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2018
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • pregnancy
  • Rheumatoid arthritis
  • synovitis
  • ultrasound

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Radiology Nuclear Medicine and imaging

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