Progression of cartilage damage and meniscal pathology over 30 months is associated with an increase in radiographic tibiofemoral joint space narrowing in persons with knee OA - the MOST study

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  • © 2014 Osteoarthritis Research Society International. Purpose: To determine the association of MRI-assessed worsening of tibiofemoral cartilage damage, meniscal damage, meniscal extrusion, separately and together, with progression of radiographic joint space narrowing (JSN). Method and materials: The Multicenter Osteoarthitis Study (MOST) Study is a cohort study of subjects with or at risk for knee osteoarthritis (OA). Knees with radiographic OA Kellgren-Lawrence grade 2 at baseline and with baseline and 30-month 1.0T MRIs were selected for reading using the WORMS system for cartilage damage, meniscal damage, and meniscal extrusion. The association of worsening of cartilage damage, meniscal damage, and/or meniscal extrusion with increases in the JSN was performed using logistic regression. Results: A total of 276 knees (one per subject) were included (women 68.5%, mean age 62.9±7.8, mean body mass index (BMI) 30.2±5.0). Worsening of each MRI feature was associated with any increase in JSN (. P<0.01). Worsening of cartilage damage was more frequently observed than worsening of meniscal damage and extrusion, and was significantly associated with both slow and fast progression of JSN. An increasing risk of JSN worsening was associated with increasing number of worsening MRI features (. P for trend<0.0001). Conclusion: Worsening of tibiofemoral cartilage damage, meniscal damage, and meniscal extrusion are independent predictors of JSN progression in the same compartment. Worsening of cartilage damage is more frequently observed in JSN when compared to meniscal worsening. A strong cumulative effect on JSN progression is observed for worsening of more than one MRI feature.
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  • Crema MD; Nevitt MC; Guermazi A; Felson DT; Wang K; Lynch JA; Marra MD; Torner J; Lewis CE; Roemer FW
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  • 1743
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  • 1747
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  • 22
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  • 10