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British Journal of Medicine and Medical Research, ISSN: 2231-0614,Vol.: 20, Issue.: 12




Clinical and Radiographic Features of Knee Osteoarthritis of Elderly Patients



Sahli Hana1, Ben Tekaya Aicha2*, Daas Selim3, Mahmoud Ines2 and Tekaya Rawdha2

1Department of Rheumatology, Mohamed Tahar Maamouri Hospital, Nabeul, Tunisia.

2Department of Rheumatology, Charles Nicolle Hospital, Tunis, Tunisia.

3Department of Orthopedics, Mohamed Tahar Maamouri Hospital, Nabeul, Tunisia.




Background: Knee osteoarthritis is a common pathology, characterized by a prevalence that increases with age. Absence of correlation between anatomy and the clinical features makes medical care complex, particularly in a geriatric setting where study is wanting.

Methods: Cross-sectional study including patients who were monitored for 6 months for knee osteoarthritis. A comparaison was made between of those various characteristics between patients of over 65 years of age (group 1; n=56) and those under 65 (group 2; n=56).

Results: The age bracket of group1 was 71±5 years with a feminine predominance. Gonalgia had been evolving for 8.4±9.2 years, bilateral in 82.6% and mechanical in 94.6%. The patients experienced an average pain scale of 65.2 mm. An axial deviation of lower limbs was observed in 60.7% and a limited mobility of the knees in 48.2%. The mean value of Lequesne index was 11.02±4.8. The walking distance was not limited in 37.5%. Comparative study showed that elderly patients had a smaller waist size (p=0.003), a longer course of gonalgia (p<0.0001), a widespread site of pain (0.004), and a more frequent limitation of walking distance (p<0.0001) as well as more axial deviation (p<0.0001) and joint mobility limitation (p=0.005). Gonalgia manifesting during rest was more frequent in elderly patients (p=0.001). Impaired functioning (p=0.001) and stage of radiographic damage (p=0.02) were more advanced in elderly patients.

Conclusion: This study shows that knee osteoarthritis is more severe in the elderly patients in its various and anatomical aspects as well as its impact on normal functions.


Keywords :

Knee osteoarthritis; elderly patients; pain; imaging.


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DOI : 10.9734/BJMMR/2017/26919

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