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Osteoarthritis bone marrow lesions at the knee and large artery characteristics


Goldsmith, GM and Aitken, D and Cicuttini, FM and Wluka, AE and Winzenberg, T and Ding, CH and Jones, G and Sharman, JE, Osteoarthritis bone marrow lesions at the knee and large artery characteristics, Osteoarthritis and Cartilage, 22, (1) pp. 91-94. ISSN 1063-4584 (2014) [Refereed Article]

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DOI: doi:10.1016/j.joca.2013.10.022


Objective: There is evidence to suggest vascular involvement in the initiation and progression of osteoarthritis (OA). The relationship between large artery characteristics and pathogenesis of OA has not been investigated and was the aim of this study.

Design: Large artery characteristics (i.e., aortic stiffness, brachial and central blood pressure (BP) variables) and bone marrow lesions (BMLs; measured by magnetic resonance imaging as a surrogate index of OA) were recorded in 208 participants (aged 63 7 years; mean SD) with symptomatic knee OA. Relationships between large artery characteristics and BML were assessed by multiple regression adjusting for age, sex and body mass index.

Results: There was a high prevalence of BML presence in the study population (70%), but no significant difference between participants with and without BML for all large artery and BP variables (P > 0.05 all). Furthermore, there were no significant relationships between BML size and aortic stiffness (r = -0.033, P = 0.71), central pulse pressure (r = 0.028, P = 0.74), augmentation index (r = 0.125, P = 0.14), brachial pulse pressure (r = 0.005, P = 0.95) or brachial systolic BP (r = -0.066, P = 0.44). When participants were stratified according to high or low aortic stiffness, there was no significant difference between groups regarding the proportion of those with a BML (64% vs 70% respectively; P = 0.69).

Conclusions: Variables indicative of large artery characteristics are not significantly correlated with BML size or presence in people with symptomatic knee OA. Thus, large artery characteristics may not have a causative influence in the development of OA, but this needs to be confirmed in prospective studies.

Item Details

Item Type:Refereed Article
Keywords:aortic stiffness, arterial, bone marrow lesions, osteoarthritis, pulse wave analysis
Research Division:Biomedical and Clinical Sciences
Research Group:Clinical sciences
Research Field:Rheumatology and arthritis
Objective Division:Health
Objective Group:Clinical health
Objective Field:Clinical health not elsewhere classified
UTAS Author:Goldsmith, GM (Miss Greta Goldsmith)
UTAS Author:Aitken, D (Associate Professor Dawn Aitken)
UTAS Author:Winzenberg, T (Professor Tania Winzenberg)
UTAS Author:Ding, CH (Professor Chang-Hai Ding)
UTAS Author:Jones, G (Professor Graeme Jones)
UTAS Author:Sharman, JE (Professor James Sharman)
ID Code:87687
Year Published:2014
Funding Support:National Health and Medical Research Council (1028591)
Web of Science® Times Cited:11
Deposited By:Menzies Institute for Medical Research
Deposited On:2013-12-03
Last Modified:2017-11-02

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