Lupus arthropathy in the hands and wrists


Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE or just "lupus") is a connective tissue disorder that can result in multiple musculoskeletal abnormalities, including a characteristic arthropathy in the hands (sometimes called "lupus arthritis").

The joints are affected in this systemic disease in 75-90% of patients and radiographic changes include:

  • subluxation/dislocation
  • absence of erosions or loss of joint space
  • bilateral and symmetric changes
  • juxta-articular osteopenia