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Erosive Osteoarthritis.

J. B. Peter, M.D., Ph.D.; and Carl M. Pearson, M.D., F.A.C.P.
Ann Intern Med. 1967;66(5):1068-1069. doi:10.7326/0003-4819-66-5-1068_3
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Erosive osteoarthritis is an erosive, inflammatory, degenerative, osteophytic disease predominantly affecting the interphalangeal joints of the hands of middle-aged women. Data show that in the acute stage of this disease the synovium closely resembles that of rheumatoid arthritis from which erosive osteoarthritis is distinguished by clinical, laboratory, and roentgenographic features. In the chronic, burned-out, osteophytic stage the histopathology of synovium and cartilage resembles classical osteoarthritis. These and other observations make doubtful any specificity of the synovial histopathology in rheumatoid arthritis and reopen the question of possible synovial pathology in early osteoarthritis.

Erosive osteoarthritis is frequently mistaken for rheumatoid arthritis because


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