Musculoskeletal involvement is one of the major causes of impairment in daily life of patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). Several hand radiographic findings can be seen in SSc patients; however, their association with clinical features and autoantibodies remains unclear. Here, we analyzed 124 SSc patients with their hand X-rays and clinical and serological features. Abnormal findings in hand X-rays including acro-osteolysis, calcinosis, flexion contracture, erosive change, joint space narrowing, and subluxation were observed in 110 patients (68%). These X-ray findings were more prevalent in patients with longer disease duration and digital ischemic changes. The majority of erosions were typical for erosive hand osteoarthritis, which was seen in 19% of patients. Hand X-ray findings were associated with involved organs; acro-osteolysis with interstitial lung disease, calcinosis with pulmonary arterial hypertension and gastrointestinal tract involvement, and flexion contracture with gastrointestinal tract involvement. Those findings were also relevant to autoantibodies; acro-osteolysis was more common in SSc patients with anti-Scl70 antibody but less in patients with anticentromere antibody. Calcinosis was more prevalent in patient with anticentromere antibody. In our study, organ involvements and SSc-associated autoantibodies showed associations with hand radiographic abnormalities. Hand X-ray findings might reflect underlying pathogenesis and autoantibody profiles in SSc patients.Key Points• Hand X-ray abnormalities were observed in approximately two-thirds of patients with SSc.• Erosive osteoarthritis was more prevalent in SSc patients than general population.• Hand X-ray findings were associated with disease duration, organ involvements, and SSc-associated autoantibodies, reflecting underlying pathogenesis.
- Systemic sclerosis
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