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What is osteoarthritis characterized by?

Loss of cartilage accompanied by reactive bony changes including osteophyte formation, subchondral bony sclerosis and subchondral cysts


OA is usually present in younger populations due to what?

Occupational injury and genetic predisposition


Describe the pathophysiology of OA?

Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) such as collagenase, stromelysin, gelatinase are secreted by chondrocytes and degrade cartilage collagen


What are risk factors for OA including what surgical procedure?

Advanced age, female, obesity, joint injury caused by repetitive use, trauma or certain occupations.
Joint malaignment, ligamentous laxity, meniscal injury or surgical meniscectomy can accelerate the onset of OA.


Name the classifications of osteoarthritis:

Primary OA
-Erosive OA
Secondary OA
Diffuse Idiopathic Skeletal Hyperostosis (DISH)


Describe primary osteoarthritis

most cases of OA, no specific antecedent event or predisposing disease is present. Does not exclude impact of routine factors such as obesity, aging or chronic history of significant joint use. Typically affects knees, hips, hands, spine and feet (single or a few joints) or generalized (multiple joints). Apparent around age 55


Describe erosive OA

Subset of primary OA. Radiographic erosions are seen. IP joints of the fingers, intermittent flares of swelling of these joints.
Erosive OA: central erosions on radiographs with collapse of subchondral bone
RA/psoriatic: marginal erosions
More likely to have pain and disability than those without erosive features.
Common in DIP joints, does not affect wrists or elbows, not associated with RF, anti-CCP or elevated ESR or CRP like RA


Describe secondary OA

Joint degeneration in the setting of preexisting joint abnormality. Trauma or congenital abnormalities.


Male with OA symptoms of 2nd and 3rd MCP joints, what is the associated cause and diagnostic test to order?

Finally, secondary OA may occur in the setting of metabolic or systemic diseases such as hemochromatosis (iron overload, which is associated with a characteristic OA pattern involving the second and third metacarpophalangeal joints and is diagnosed with the aid of transferrin saturation measurement


Describe DISH and how is it diagnosed?

Diffuse idiopathic skeletal hyperostosis - lack of systemic inflammation, characteristic bony remodeling changes and frequent co-expression with OA. Diagnosed on plain radiograph by presence of flowing osteophytes involving anterolateral aspect of four or more contiguous vertebrae most easily detected in the thoracic spine.


What are the radiographic hallmarks of OA?

oint-space narrowing (articular cartilage loss), subchondral sclerosis, and marginal osteophyte formation are the radiographic hallmarks of OA


What are the radiographic hallmarks of RA?

periarticular osteopenia and marginal erosions (as seen in rheumatoid arthritis)


What is subchondral sclerosis and what does it represent pathologically in OA?

Subchondral sclerosis is seen on plain radiographs as increased bone density subjacent to joint-space narrowing. Both subchondral sclerosis and osteophytes reflect reaction of bone to growth factors stimulated by the mechanical changes driving OA.


What does the ACR recommend in regards to NSAID use for OA in patients over age 75?

Furthermore, the American College of Rheumatology currently recommends topical NSAIDs rather than oral NSAIDs for patients aged 75 years or older. However, they are associated with more skin reactions and are significantly more expensive than oral NSAIDs.


What do treatment guidelines say about course of treatment for OA?

Treatment guidelines suggest using the lowest effective NSAID dose for the shortest time period in order to reduce risk of side effects


What NSAID is recommended for knee and hip OA?

The recent meta-analysis suggests that out of the seven NSAIDs in the meta-analysis studies, diclofenac was the most effective for knee and hip OA. .


What is the initial treatment recommendation for OA?

Acetaminophen is the initial choice for osteoarthritis pain control in most instances; if acetaminophen provides inadequate relief, NSAIDs should usually be tried.
(Recent meta analysis states NSAIDs are more effective - unsure if this will change guidelines.)


What is the best surgical treatment for OA?

The most effective surgical intervention for knee or hip osteoarthritis is total joint arthroplasty, which can reduce pain, improve function, and enhance quality of life.