A radiological study of the rheumatoid hand in black South Africans

  • Nicolaas GJ Maritz
  • Adriana J Gerber
  • Schalk J Greyling
  • Bongani B Sanda


Objective: To determine wrist and hand involvement in black South African patients with rheumatoid arthritis.

Methods: Larsen scoring of the wrist and hand was done in 75 patients. The mean finger score was 9.67 (range 0-100) on the left hand and 10.3 (range 0-100) on the right. Scores for the wrists were 2.5 (range 0-5) for the left and 2.7 (range 0-5) for the right.

Conclusion: Finger and thumb involvement were considerably less in the South African black population than in other series consisting mainly of white patients.

South African Medical Journal Vol. 95(10) 2005: 795-797

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