Utility of magnetic resonance imaging in Crohn's associated sacroiliitis: A cross-sectional study.

TitleUtility of magnetic resonance imaging in Crohn's associated sacroiliitis: A cross-sectional study.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2021
AuthorsMalik F, Scherl E, Weber U, Carrino JA, Epsten M, Wichuk S, Pedersen SJ, Paschke J, Schwartzman S, Kroeber G, Maksymowych WP, Longman R, Mandl LA
JournalInt J Rheum Dis
Date Published2021 Feb 02

OBJECTIVE: Prevalence of sacroiliitis in Crohn's disease (CD) is variable depending on defining criteria. This study utilized standardized sacroiliac joint (SIJ) magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to identify sacroiliitis in CD patients and its association with clinical and serological markers.

METHODS: Consecutive adult subjects with CD prospectively enrolled from an inflammatory bowel disease clinic underwent SIJ MRI. Data collected included CD duration, history of joint/back pain, human leukocyte antigen-B27 status, Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Metrology Index (BASMI), Bath Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Index, Harvey Bradshaw Index (HBI) for activity of CD, Ankylosing Spondylitis Disease Activity Score, and various serologic markers of inflammation. Three blinded readers reviewed MRIs for active and structural lesions according to the Spondyloarthritis Research Consortium of Canada modules.

RESULTS: Thirty-three CD patients were enrolled: 76% female, 80% White, median age 36.4 years (interquartile range 27.2-49.0), moderate CD activity (mean HBI 8.8 ± SD 4.5). Nineteen subjects (58%) reported any back pain, 13 of whom had inflammatory back pain. Four subjects (12%) showed sacroiliitis using global approach and 6 (18%) met Assessment of SpondyloArthritis international Society MRI criteria of sacroiliitis. Older age (mean 51.2 ± SD 12.5 vs. 37.2 ± 14; P = .04), history of dactylitis (50.0% vs. 3.4%, P = .03) and worse BASMI (4.1 ± 0.7 vs. 2.4 ± 0.8, P ≤ .001) were associated with MRI sacroiliitis; no serologic measure was associated.

CONCLUSION: There were 12%-18% of CD patients who had MRI evidence of sacroiliitis, which was not associated with back pain, CD activity or serologic measures. This data suggests that MRI is a useful modality to identify subclinical sacroiliitis in CD patients.

Alternate JournalInt J Rheum Dis
PubMed ID33528900
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