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A new blood test detects early osteoarthritis!

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28 Oct 2016 - General
 

Osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease affecting the joints. The main symptoms are the pain of the joint, joint swelling and inability of moving the joint. That is because of the impaired cushions movement due to the degenerative changes of the disease. Unfortunately there was no blood tests to identify the early stages of the disease. Some of the researchers from Warwick University, United Kingdom have found a new blood test which can detect early stages of osteoarthritis and can distinguish it from rheumatoid arthritis and other inflammatory joint conditions. The test is done with using oxidized, nitrated and sugar modified amino acids. Anyhow this will be a good step in preventing the complications of the disease with early diagnosis.

It is true that the diagnosis criteria is bit different from what I have mentioned about the findings of this new study. But before a person reaches to have those components of the diagnosis criteria, it is worth to have a detecting method of the early disease so we will be able to minimize the disease progression and prevent the particular patient having complications of osteoarthritis in later life. Osteoarthritis leads chondrolysis which is characterized by destruction of the joint cartilage ...
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Currently diagnosis of osteoarthritis of knee are based clinically or radiologically, Usually we go by risk factors - patient who are obese, or elderly or has excessive use of their knee joints like regular running or climbing stairs. On examination wise, we can look for genu varum, crepitus on knee joints and patellofemoral maltraking. On Xrays, we can see the 4 classical radiological components - osteophytic formation, narrowing of joint space, subchondral cyst and subchondral sclerosis. Studi...
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Interesting. This is something that has not yet been discussed in conventions I have attended. One of our field's most common consult is joint pain secondary to osteoarthritis, the most common form of arthritis worldwide. I wish that a name for this test would be developed so it can be discussed accordingly in our field. This is a promising start for screening of osteoarthritis. Moreover, the age group for screening should be lowered as osteoarthritis has been found to set in at 30 years of ...
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Identifying osteoarthritis in its very early stages is a challenge. Patients with underlying risk factors for osteoarthritis such as high body weight, female gender, menopause etc should be carefully evaluated when they present with likely symptoms of osteoarthritis. When detected early and necessary interventions are done, it is possible to achieve a normal life for patients who are having osteoarthritis but when the diagnosis is delayed and there is advanced disease that has settled in it is v...
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