European Journal of Rheumatology
Original Article

Sonoelastrographic finding of Achilles tendon in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and acromegaly

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Department of Rheumatology, Fırat University School of Medicine, Elazığ, Turkey

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Department of Radiology, Fırat University Faculty of Medicine, Elazığ, Turkey

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Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism Diseases, Fırat University Faculty of Medicine, Elazığ , Turkey

Eur J Rheumatol 2022; 9: 122-125
DOI: 10.5152/eujrheum.2022.21132
Read: 386 Downloads: 102 Published: 07 February 2022

Objectives: Achilles tendinopathy can be noticed in both acromegaly and ankylosing spondylitis (AS). Acromegaly patients presenting with tendinopathy findings may be confused with AS findings. In this study, sonoelastrographic findings of Achilles tendon are explored in patients with AS and acromegaly.

Methods: 25 patients with AS, 30 patients with acromegaly, and 18 healthy controls were enrolled in the study. Achilles tendon was evaluated by sonoelastography in all the study participants.

Results: The thickness of Achilles tendon in neutral positions was higher in acromegaly patients than those in AS patients. The sonoelastography measurement of Achilles tendon was increased in acromegaly patients when compared to the control group and AS patients.

Conclusion: The thickness of Achilles tendon can increase in patients with acromegaly and AS. However, the sonoelastographic features of Achilles tendon can be similar in patients with AS and acromegaly.

Cite this article as: Karatas A, Artas H, Uğur K, Koca SS. Sonoelastrographic finding of Achilles tendon in patients with ankylosing spondylitis and acromegaly. Eur J Rheumatol. 2022;9(3):122-125.

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