What is the role of imaging studies in the workup of viral arthritis?

Updated: Nov 12, 2019
  • Author: Rabea Ahmed Khouqeer, MD, FRCPC, FAAAAI; Chief Editor: Herbert S Diamond, MD  more...
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Radiologic findings in patients with viral arthritis depend on the specific condition. Most of the virus-associated arthropathies are nonerosive and show only soft-tissue swelling. However, with HIV-related seronegative or psoriatic-type arthropathy, erosions, ankylosis, narrowing of joint spaces, whittling, osteolytic lesions, periostitis, sacroiliac joint-space widening, and syndesmophyte formation can be seen.


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