The epidemiology of osteoarthritis of the hand

F. M. Cicuttini, T. D. Spector

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The hand is a common site of osteoarthritis. Defining hand OA, particularly for epidemiological studies, has undergone reassessment and revision over the last few years. Although many studies to date have used a system of grading radiographic severity that was developed by Kellgren and Lawrence, there are significant problems with this system. In this paper we consider a number of alternative methods for grading hand OA including a scale which grades the individual joint features separately. Patterns of hand OA as well as the natural history and risk factors are also discussed.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3S-8S
Number of pages6
JournalRevue du Rhumatisme (English Edition)
Issue number6 SUPPL. 1
Publication statusPublished - 1995
Externally publishedYes


  • diagnostic criteria
  • epidemiology
  • hand osteoarthritis

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