This study aimed to determine the association between the echogenicity of Dupuytren's disease nodules and myofibroblast load, and between echogenicity and nodule hardness. Thirty-eight nodules were assessed sonographically. The echogenicity of nodules was measured objectively with Image J (grey-value) and subjectively by visual inspection (hypo-, mixed and hyper-echogenicity). These findings were compared with myofibroblast load measured by histopathological analysis. In a different cohort, 97 nodules were assessed for grey-value and nodule hardness using a tonometer. There was a moderate, significant, negative association between grey-value and myofibroblast load and the subjective visual measurements corresponded to this finding. There was also a moderate, significant, negative association between grey-value and nodule hardness. Ultrasound and tonometry may be useful in the selection of patients for possible future preventive treatments.
|Tijdschrift||Journal of Hand Surgery (European volume)|
|Nummer van het tijdschrift||3|
|Status||Published - 1-mrt.-2022|