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See detailSubchondral tibial bone mineral density predicts future joint space narrowing at the medial femoro-tibial compartment in patients with knee osteoarthritis
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Dardenne, Charles-Bernard ULg; Lejeune, Eric ULg et al

in BONE (2003), 32(5), 541-545

Preliminary studies have shown that dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) produces images of sufficient quality for a precise and accurate measurement at density of the subchondral bone. The objective of ... [more ▼]

Preliminary studies have shown that dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DXA) produces images of sufficient quality for a precise and accurate measurement at density of the subchondral bone. The objective of this study was to investigate the relationship between baseline subchondral tibial bone mineral density (BMD) and joint space narrowing observed after 1 year at the medial femoro-tibial compartment of the knee joint. Fifty-six consecutive patients, from both genders, with knee osteoarthritis diagnosed according to the American College of Rheumatology criteria, were included in the study. Radiographic posteroanterior views were taken, at baseline and after 1 year of follow-up. Minimum joint space width (JSW) measurement, at the medial femoro-tibial joint, was performed with a 0.1-mm graduated magnifying lens. Baseline BMD of the subchondral tibial bone was assessed by DXA. The mean +/- SD age of the patients was 65.3 +/- 8.7 years, with a body mass index of 28.0 +/- 4.9 kg/m(2). The minimum JSW was 3.5 +/- 1.5 mm and the mean BMD of the subchondral bone was 0.848 +/- 0.173 g/cm(2). There was a significant negative correlation between subchondral BMD and 1-year changes in minimum JSW (r = -0.43, p = 0.02). When performing a multiple regression analysis with age, sex, body mass index, and minimum JSW at baseline as concomitant variables, BMD of the subchondral bone as well as JSW at baseline were independent predictors of 1-year changes in JSW (p = 0.02 and p = 0.005, respectively). Patients in the lowest quartile of baseline BMD (<0.73 g/cm(2)) experienced less joint space narrowing than those in the highest BMD quartile (>0.96 g/cm(2)) (+0.61 +/- 0.69 turn versus -0.13 +/- 0.27 mm; p = 0.03). Assessment of BMD of the subchondral tibial bone is significantly correlated with future joint space narrowing and could be used as a predictor of knee osteoarthritis progression. (C) 2003 Elsevier Science (USA). All rights reserved. [less ▲]

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See detailImpact of the joint space width measurement method on the design of knee osteoarthritis studies.
Bruyère, Olivier ULg; Henrotin, Yves ULg; Honore, Aline et al

in Aging Clinical & Experimental Research (2003), 15(2), 136-41

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent guidelines recommend measurement of articular loss over several years, determined by conventional X-rays, as the principal outcome measure in clinical trials of potential ... [more ▼]

BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent guidelines recommend measurement of articular loss over several years, determined by conventional X-rays, as the principal outcome measure in clinical trials of potential structure-modifying drugs in osteoarthritis (OA). The aim of this study was to assess the impact of the joint space width measurement method on sample size calculation in knee OA studies. METHODS: Standard knee X-rays were taken in 212 patients with knee OA at baseline and after 3 years of follow-up. Mean joint space width (JSW) was measured with an in-house computer-assisted method. Minimum JSW, measured with a graduated magnifying lens, was taken as external standard. After calculation of the intra- and inter-observer reproducibility of the JSW, sensitivity to change was assessed using the standardized response mean (SRM). The number of patients needed to identify a mean significant difference of 0.5 mm in joint space narrowing between the placebo and the treated group, after 3 years of follow-up, was then calculated. RESULTS: JSW measured with the computer-assisted technique showed better intra- and inter-observer reproducibility than when using the magnifying lens. JSW values measured with our computer-assisted method were significantly correlated with JSW values obtained using the magnifying lens (r=0.87, p<0.001). The SRM were 0.44 and 0.40 for the computer-assisted method and magnifying lens, respectively. The number of patients needed was 131 per group using the computer-assisted method, and 104 using the magnifying lens. CONCLUSIONS: Our method of measurement of JSW may be of potential use in longitudinal studies evaluating the effect of structure-modifying drugs in OA, due to its high level of precision and efficiency. However, although sensitivity to change is markedly better with the digitized method compared with the graduated magnifying lens, we recommend the measurement of mean and minimum JSW in structure-modifying OA trials. [less ▲]

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